Harvest: September 18th, 2010
Bottling: September 7th, 2011
Production: 195 css
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Barrel aging: 11 months; 40% new French oak
Vineyard: 2010 harvest was a bit challenging with early rain in the middle of harvest. Luckily the Pinot Noir ripened earlier than the rest of the varieties and was all harvested before the rain. The Floodgate is well known, “star” status vineyard located at the South end of the Russian River Valley. The season was relatively cool overall resulting in brighter fruit aromas and more elegant wines in general. The 3 tons of Pinot grapes were equally divided between three clones-667,777 and 115. The idea is to bring together the different nuances that each clone has to offer.
Winemaking: The grapes were picked on September 18th of 2010 and chilled in the vineyard with dry ice. At the winery the fruit was gently destemmed and after a few days of “cold” soak fermented in open top tank by native yeast. During the aging the lees on the bottom of the barrels was frequently stirred with the intention to make the wine with richer and fuller mouth feel. During the life of this wine before bottling all procedures were done with one major consideration—very gentle and hands off approach to preserve the most of the delicate Pinot aromas.
Winemaker’s tasting notes: The 2010 Miro Pinot Noir has fresh, medium red bright color. The first impression is of cherry compote, hint of cranberry, ripe strawberry and pronounced rose petals aromas. With further aeration the wine shows slight nuances of new oak barrels-vanilla and toast and a hint of forest floor and earthiness. The mouth feel starts out freshly fruity and finishes with balanced acidity and soft tannin. The wine is still very young at the time of these notes and it will develop nicely with 2-4 years of aging. Cheers!