2013 Antle Swan Pinot Noir
September 5, 2013
13 months in French oak
January 31, 2015
The grapes were harvested by hand and delivered to the winery where we destemmed all but 15% of the clusters and fermented the grapes in a stainless steel open top tank. There it fermented for 15 days and then macerated on the grape skins for a few days more. The wine was then drained and skins pressed; both freerun and press wines were blended and settled in a tank before pumping to French oak barrels -33% new French Oak (two 2010 French Oak Barrels & one 2013 Remond French Oak Barrel). It was aged for 14 months prior to racking, blending and bottling. It is unfined and unfiltered.
The “Swan” clone of Pinot Noir – an “old” clone in California’s history that was first brought over from France by Joseph Swan and planted in the Russian River Valley. “Swan” (technically it is more of a “selection” than a “clone”: a clone comes from a single plant whereas a selection comes from multiple plants), is distinct in its ability to produce a spicy, aromatic wine with bright fruit flavors but is mostly used in blends. The vines were planted by Dick Graff in the 1980’s in a protected, south-west facing site of decomposed granite and sandy loam soil surrounded by rocky outcroppings, windmills, and vistas of the Salinas Valley below. The site itself harkens back to the days of old California and its fitting that such a classic – and increasingly rare – selection is planted there.