2014 Brooks Note Marin County Pinot Noir

 

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THE VINEYARDS AND VINTAGE

 The 2013 Marin County Pinot is a blend from two vineyards.  Both are on the Marin side of the Petaluma Gap.   Azaya Ranch is closest to the coast, just north of Stafford Lake on Hicks Valley Rd.  It sits on a south facing, well drained slope.    Cool wind from the coast ensures thick skins, great color, and beautiful texture in our clones 2a, 115, and 667. It is certified Organic.  Chileno Valley Vineyard sits on a bench facing north east into Sonoma.  Because it is dry farmed, the vines struggle to produce small, intensely flavored berries.  Clone 828 contributes a burst of raspberry and cherry while the Pommard clone offers more structure and flavors of dark cherry.  The site, with its cold nights and warm days, provides great acidity and a subtle earthiness typical of Marin.  The 2014 season started out warm and dry, with early bud break.  April rains and cooler temperatures lead to a smaller fruit set and lower yield than 2013.  Our mild summer with late rains meant the grapes could hang on the vines longer, building beautiful ripe fruit flavors and silky tannins, without higher alcohol. 

WINEMAKING

 Azaya Ranch was hand-picked before sunrise the morning of September 16th.  The Pommard from Chileno valley vineyard was picked on September 12th while the 828 was picked on September 23rd. A small amount (about 10%) of the fruit was left on the stems, while the remainder was sorted and de-stemmed (but not crushed) into 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters.    A small amount of juice was removed 24 hours after destemming. The wine was allowed to cold soak for 3 days, and then warmed in the sun.  Fermentation began from native yeast.  Wines from the 2 vineyards were kept separate and blended just before bottling.  We used two new Remond, one New Boutes and one new Gamba barrel, along with 4 once filled barrels.  The remainder was neutral French oak.  The wine was bottled in March, 2016.

 

THE WINE

In the glass: Deep burgundy color.

Aroma: Begins with floral, black tea, and baking spice notes. As it opens up, the bouquet adds berries, coffee and an undertone of leather.

APPELLATION:  Marin County, Petaluma Wind Gap

VINEYARDS:  Chileno Valley Vineyard (46%) & Azaya Ranch Vineyard (54%)

ALCOHOL:  13.9%

pH/TITRATABLE ACIDITY:  3.60/6.9 g/l

WINEMAKING:  Open top 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters, cold soak, native yeast start, punch down

BARREL AGING:  Aged 16 months in French oak (27% new barrels, 27% once filled barrels, 46% neutral)

WINEMAKER:  Garry Brooks

 

LIMITED PRODUCTION - 250 CASES

 

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