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2012 Chula Vina Pinot Noir

2012 Chula Vina Pinot Noir

Everything about this wine was handmade in our minimalist approach. Black cherry and spice aromas dominate while sweet toasted oak, smoke and spice are well integrated into the wine.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Monterey County
Aging
14 months
Fermentation
100% new French oak barrels
Bottling Date
December 4, 2013
Alcohol %
14.1
Winemaker Notes
This is a blend of Dijon 777, 115, Pommard and a special clone from the La Tache region of France that is called “Chula”. Each clone offers its own unique distinction: 777 is rich, dark and tannic; Pommard offers classic Pinot structure and cherry aromas; 115 spice; Chula, earthiness and plums. Everything about this wine was handmade in our minimalist approach. After an initial sorting, we fermented the grapes in small, open- top bins that were punched down two to three times daily to extract color, flavor and complexity. The wine was pressed off into oak barrels. There it rested for 14 months before bottling.
Vineyard Notes
The Chula Viña Vineyard is located on a protected bench in the eastern hills overlooking the Salinas Valley, aka, The Gavilan foothills. This vineyard was planted by the Pisoni vineyard crew in 2000 and is a sloping site comprised of decomposed granite. While the cooling fog keeps Chula Viña fruit from ripening too quickly, its protected location assures the strong ocean-influenced winds do not stunt the vines’ progress. In combination with the warm afternoon sun and well-drained soil, these factors provide a setting for the cultivation of complex fruit.
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