2016 Peterson Pinot Noir
Our first production of Pinot Noir was grown in the cool hills of Comptche. Aromas of black cherry emerge, flirtacious hints of rose petal, plum, and even a bit of currant. The cool climate is evident in the combination of bright acidity and soft, integrated tannins.
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This little gem of a Pinot is grown out in the cool of Comptche, a rural town between the Anderson Valley and the Mendocino coastline. Enticing aromas of blackberry emerge from the glass, followed by notes of rose petal, plum, and even a hint of currant. The region's cool climate is evident in the combination of bright acidity and soft, integrated tannins.
This was our first vintage working with Pinot Noir in California, and it could not have gotten off to a better start. 2016 was the last of four long years of drought, which had a profound impact on the grapevines' growing conditions. With little water in the ground during this dry period, the vines started their growing season earlier each year. 2016 was by far the earliest we had seen vines bud out in over a decade. Luckily there was no frost in the spring. The summer was moderate and the crop was light, resulting in our earliest harvest ever.
The grapes were harvested early in the morning, then brought to the winery and hand-sorted. They were destemmed into half-ton fermentors and allowed to cold soak fora week, punched down twice a day during that period. Once inoculated, punch downs continued until the wine was pressed a few days before fermentation was complete, the wine was transferred to beryl and stirred once a month until malolactic fermentation was complete. Mo fining was needed, and it was bottled nine months later.
This is the perfect wine to accompany conversation with friends over a light meal; think fish or vegetarian.
||September 14, 2016
new French oak
||August 8, 2017