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2010 Small Town Pinot Noir

2010 SMALL TOWN

Pinot Noir

SONOMA COASTsonoma county


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TASTING NOTES

Building on last year's success (one of our favorite blends to date), the 2010 Small Town starts with our two Freestone vineyards, then adds a good dose of Roberts Road from the Petaluma Gap and finishes with a touch of Russian River Valley Stiling from the slower-ripening bunkhouse block.

After a generally temperate growing season, 2010 experienced some famous heat spikes, but the cool area of Freestone was relatively protected. In the end, the vintage produced a dark, full, expansive wine that remains true to it's cool-climate roots with an exuberant nose of savory spices, herbs and impressive fruit, carried on by a silky, rich palate of black cherry and wild berry chutney. Perfectly ripe tannin and balancing acidity provide structure and extend the complex and lingering finish long after the sip is over. In short, we're absolutely thrilled with this delicious wine!

Already drinking well, the 2010 should continue to improve over the next 4-5 years, and may well prove to be longer-lived than that. Only a good cellar and a lot of patience will tell. Personally, our modest stash won't last nearly so long.

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: mid to late 2012 through 2016
Graceful ageability: 2018+

VINEYARDS

71% Cleary Ranch & Michael Valentine, 23% Roberts Road, 6% Stiling

CLONES

39% 777, 28% 115, 19% Swan, 14% 667 

STATS

pH: 3.65
  |  TA: 6.3 g/L
  |  Alcohol: 14.1%

Bottling: December 6, 2011  |  Release: Spring 2012
Cases Produced: 365

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