2010 BLK 3 Pinot Noir
|Wine Type:||Red Wine|
|Varietal:||Pinot Noir, Clone 115|
|100%||BLK3 Pinot Noir grapes|
Medium garnet with ruby highlights, bright. Red cherries on the nose with notes of cranberry, rhubarb and tea; slightly earthy with light oak spice. Light, sweet oak spice and red fruit in the mouth; round, supported by medium ripe tannins and freshness. Savory finish with a touch of beetroot.
BLK3 Pinot Noir is a hand-crafted, micro production that is intended to reflect the place and the vintage – sustainably and transparently – from one very small, three row parcel of 255 vines (clone 115) planted in 2006. No herbicides are used. The wine is not manipulated by additions other than yeast, yeast nutrient and SO2. The 2010 started early and stayed warm. One of the warmest in 40 years. It was also wet. Bud break on April 21 was followed by flowering on June 1. On July 24 crop thinning was initiated with veraison setting in on July 31. On Aug 25 additional leaf pulling and final crop adjustments were made. The fruit was sorted during picking on Sept 11 to ensure optimum quality and yielded 750 lbs.; a 50% reduction from 2009. On Sept 12 the destemmed grapes were inoculated with Assmannhausen yeast. Punchdowns were performed twice a day with a peak temperature of 80F in the cap. To supplement the small volume 115 lbs. of Pinot from block PN1 was harvested at 23.8 brix and added. The wine was pressed on Sept 25th (14 days on the skins). On October 8th the wine was racked into a 4th use Allier barrel. The barrel was racked on October 6, 2011 (one year in oak) into a small tank where it rested for eight months. 32 cases were bottled on August 14, 2012 (unfined, unfiltered).