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2012 Couloir Monument Tree Pinot Noir

2012 Couloir Monument Tree Pinot Noir

SOLD OUT - With dark red and black fruits, spice and earth, the 2012 Monument Tree Pinot Noir offers a fresh, rich array of flavors.  Stylistically, this wine is halfway between the Campbell Ranch Pinot and Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot, and shows great vibrancy, structure and complexity. (Rated 93 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine & 91 points by Wine Spectator)

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A cornerstone of the Couloir portfolio, Monument Tree exhibits a wide fruit profile, yet maintains subtlety both aromatically and texturally. Ripe red fruit, dark cherries and blackberries lead into spice, fresh cranberry, and rhubarb. The color of this wine – brilliant, vibrant, and pearlescent – reflects the elegant aromatics. With each taste more generous than the one before, the wine builds to a finish that expresses the site’s clay loam soils, the Dijon clonal selections, the voice of the appellation, and the vintage. Monument Tree knows no boundaries, and with lovely French oak subtleties it is a complete wine.


Named for the landmark redwood tree that looms like a proud parent over the vineyard, Monument Tree was planted in 1999 to Dijon clones. The soils are comprised of gravelly clay/loam which lends a unique, site-specific black spice character with a brilliant spine of bright acidity. This low vigor site was originally planted by Napa Valley’s famed Duckhorn Vineyards and is now owned by Twomey Cellars. Situated in the Deep End of Anderson Valley, this is the definition of a true cool climate vineyard. The east and northeast-facing aspects of the vineyard allow the fruit to enjoy morning light, while avoiding the heat of the afternoon sun. This is a quintessential, premiere cru vineyard for Anderson Valley farmed by Ardzrooni Vineyard Management, who also cultivates Londer Vineyard and Roma's Vineyard for Couloir Wines.


Each of the three Pinot Noir clones (777, 667 & 115) was hand-harvested separately into half-ton picking bins and brought directly to the winery. We feathered dry ice into the bins to prevent spoilage and oxidation, and let the fruit rest in cold storage for a 24-hour period before hand-sorting and processing.  Half the fruit was fermented as whole clusters to add a layer of complexity and maintain the wine's bright flavor and taste profile. The grapes received a cold soak for seven days to extract maximum color from the Pinot Noir skins, while the chill prevented the start of fermentation. The fruit was then removed from refrigeration, warming and activating the native yeasts. One gentle punch down per day minimized tannin extraction from the skins, allowing the stem tannins to provide the wine’s structure. The grapes were then pressed and the wine was gravity-fed into eight French oak barrels, three of which were new. The barrels were initially stirred three times over a six-week period. The wine received neither racking, nor fining, nor filtering.


Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Monument Tree
Production 197 cases
Optimal Maturity 2014 - 2022
Harvest Date 9/29/12
Barrel Aging 11 months, 35% new French Oak
Alcohol 14.2%
Acid 5.0g/L
Winemaker Jon Grant

Wine Specs

Vintage 2012
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Anderson Valley
Vineyard Designation Monument Tree

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