Our first 100% varietal bottling of Pinot Meunier, this wine has a pretty ruby hue with purple highlights. Initial lingonberry and red fruit aromas on the nose with notes of cardamom, clove, and earth. The palate is pleasing with bright cherries and red currant with delicate silky tannins and a flint mineral finish that is satisfying.
2011 started off dry and warm with temperatures in the 70s in January and early February. This pattern broke in late February when temperatures plummeted and March rains delivered 20 inches and put us back to normal rainfall levels. Consistent rain and colder temperatures pushed budbreak out to early April — the latest date in Flowers’ history. Flowering occurred as normal in early June with near perfect weather. The growing season was cool and fogs were prevalent below the ridge tops. Very low yields in 2011 led to uniform ripening that allowed us to achieve phenolic ripeness at lower Brix, high natural acidity, and intense flavor concentration. The 2011 harvest was fast and furious. We began picking early in anticipation of the notorious September heat spikes and all of the Pinot Noir was harvested well before the early October rains.
Sea View Ridge Vineyard is situated at elevations ranging from 1,400 to 1,875 feet putting it well above the fog layer that fills the lower valleys during the warm summer months. The Pinot Meunier was sourced exclusively from Block 19, the only block that is not planted to Pinot Noir in the vineyard. The slope here is so steep that the vines are terraced and the soils are shallow, rocky and heavily influenced by volcanic intrusions, which provide a very high iron content. Block 19 is comprised of 1.52 acres of vines, has a predominantly northern exposure and is situated at 1,629 feet above sea level.
All fruit is carefully hand-sorted and 100% de-stemmed. Whole berries fall by gravity into traditional, small, open-topped fermenters for a cold soak at 52 degrees for 13 days prior to native fermentation. With minimal manual punchdowns (twice a day or less) the wine was left in contact with the skins for an average of 26 days depending on extraction and tannin levels. When the time is right, finished wine is pressed off the skins using a modern basket press and the wine goes directly to barrel with minimal racking prior to bottling. Cellared in 100% French Oak, 33% new, for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered before bottling.
|Varietal||100% Pinot Noir|
|Vineyard||Sea View Ridge Block 19|
|Aging||Cellared in 100% French Oak, 30% new, for 15 months|
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