2010 Broken Leg Vineyard Pinot Noir
We have long been teased that our Syrah more closely resembles Pinot than many Pinots these days. So, when Steve Williams at Broken Leg offered to graft his Viognier block to Pinot for us we could not resist the temptation to try our hand. We sorted and de-stemmed 65%, leaving 35% whole cluster. All into our open top wood vats. From there we added nothing, allowing the wild yeast to start fermentation naturally, in this case, 4 days later. We punched down by hand 2-3x/day and pressed after a 12 day maceration or once the wine was dry and cap was ready. 50/50 1yr and neutral FO barrels for aging. The wine stayed sur lie until we racked to tank for bottling in mid July. The wine was bottled with fining or filtration on August 2, 2011.
On the nose cherry, spice and forest floor dance out of the glass and tickle the olfactory. The mouth is equally nimble as darker fruit flavors laced with more (asian?) spice skip across the palate until the silky and lingering finish which promises great things for those who wait. This is a light bodied, feminine wine that illustrates the beauty of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.
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