2010 Couloir Chileno Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir
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Warm ruby hues and effusive aromas of rose petal, cherry pie and white chocolate beckon at first sight and sniff. The medium-bodied wine offers mouthwatering flavors of bright red berries, ripe watermelon, baking spices, white chocolate and cola. Fully integrated, finely grained tannins and a lightly resinous core provide a wonderful, rich mouth feel that offer perfect balance to the vein of bright acidity. The finish is redolent with berries, wet stones and a touch of oak, creating a long and memorable finish.
Situated on the southern border of the Petaluma Gap in Marin County, and bordering Sonoma County to the north, the climate of the Chileno Valley Vineyard is influenced by two bodies of water; the Pacific Ocean along Marin’s west coast, and the San Pablo Bay along its southern flank. While bud break often happens earlier in this area compared with other California grape growing regions, the constant gentle salt-air winds provide for Marin’s cool, maritime climate which sweeps over verdant rolling hillsides to provide one of the longest growing seasons in the state. The soils of Chileno Valley Vineyard include patches of the Steinbeck soil series and eroded sandstone offering a complex fruit profile and minerality.
The Pinot Noir was hand harvested into half-ton picking bins and brought directly to Turley Wine Cellars. Dry ice was feathered into the bins to prevent spoilage and oxidation. The bins were placed in cold storage for a 24-hour resting period before processing. All of the fruit was then hand-sorted. The bright flavor and complex taste profile are in part offered by 50% whole cluster fermentation. The grapes received a cold soak for seven days to extract maximum color from the skins, while the chill prohibited the start of fermentation. The fruit was then removed from refrigeration, warming and activating the native yeasts. One gentle punch down per day ensured minimal tannin extraction from the skin and stems to provide the wine’s structure. The grapes were then pressed and the wine was gravity fed into four French oak barrels; one new, one once-used and 2 neutral. The wine received neither racking, nor fining, nor filtering.
Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Chileno Valley Vineyard, Marin County
Production 93 cases
Optimal Maturity 2012-2018
Harvested Oct 1
Barrel Aging 10 Months, 25% new French Oak
Winemaker Jon Grant