2010 Pillow Rd Pinot Noir
The 2010 Pillow Road Pinot Noir was harvested during the night to preserve the fresh fruit characters of this delicate variety starting on September 28th and finishing on September 30th. The grapes are hand sorted and de-stemmed without crushing to small open top fermenters where they undergo a 5 day “cold soak” to extract maximum fruit character. The grapes then begin the fermentation process naturally and are gently punched down by hand 2-4 times a day. Once proper extraction is complete, the wine is transferred to 40% new French Burgundy barrels and aged for 11 months and bottled without fining or filtration.
The Pillow Road vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley of West Sonoma County, southwest of the city of Sebastopol in an area affectionately known as the Sebastopol Hills. Previously identified with Gravenstein apple orchards and counter culture lifestyles, it is now known as a premium Viticultural region renowned for producing world class Pinot Noir. Famous for its Goldridge soils, large temperature swings and sweeping morning fog the vines at Pillow Road thrive in ideal climatic conditions that produce exceptional wines capturing the best expression of this unique vineyard.
The first plantings were in 2000 to Pinot Noir clones 777, 115 and 4 with more recent plantings of Calera and Swan. The different clones complement one another in the final blend, offering bright fruit tones with elegance, depth and structure.
Our goal with Pinot is to achieve finesse with true varietal flavors. That means we want a “pretty” wine, expressive of Pinot. The 2010 Pillow Road Pinot Noir exemplifies the vineyard and the true varietal expression of Pinot Noir. Fresh aromas of wild berries, bing cherry and cola are complimented with notes of spearmint and cinnamon spice. The palate is soft and elegant with sweet tannins and lively acidity that provide for a balanced and structured wine capable of long-term aging. 769 cases were bottled on August 11th, 2011.