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2013 Couloir Monument Tree Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

2013 Couloir Monument Tree Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

SOLD OUT - Wine Enthusiast Magazine - 93 points, Editors' Choice.  Tantalizing aromatics of wild red berries, peppercorns, old growth conifer, rose petals, and perfume. Bright red Pinot fruit, spice and cherry – the hallmarks of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir – resonate on the palate. Dark red fruit, spice, and oak into translate into a lovely, lingering finish. 

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A pale reddish core with translucent edges. Tantalizing aromatics of wild red berries, peppercorns, old growth conifer, rose petals, and perfume. Bright red Pinot fruit, spice and cherry – the hallmarks of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir – resonate on the palate. The synergy between the acid and tannin carry the dark red fruit, spice and oak into a lovely, lingering finish.

VINEYARD NOTES

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.

WINEMAKER NOTES

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.

TECHNICAL DATA

Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Monument Tree
Production 198 cases
Optimal Maturity 2014 - 2022
Harvest Date 9/14/13
Barrel Aging 11 months, 35% new French Oak
Alcohol 13.8%
Acid 5.6g/L
Winemaker Jon Grant

Wine Specs

Vintage 2013
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Anderson Valley
 

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