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William Knuttel 2010 Paradise Vineyard Pinot Noir

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William Knuttel 2010 Paradise Vineyard Pinot Noir

Vineyard

Paradise Vineyard, which overlooks the north shore of San Francisco Bay in the Sonoma Coast appellation, was planted in 1999 by Al Brayton of Thirty-Seven Wines and is farmed by long-time Sonoma grower Tom Larson. The vineyard’s many hillside blocks, cooled by brisk bay breezes, heavily favor Pinot Noir and its many clones.  In the summer of 2010, California’s winemakers were well aware of the imminent small crops, but after the 2008 recession and massive 2009 crops, had no stomach for contracting more fruit for already stuffed wineries.  Seeing how short his own Pinot vineyards were, William Knuttel decided to dive in, and was able to cherry pick four of the different clonal blocks, making for some interesting fermentation trials!

 

Winemaking

The 2010 vintage was dry and temperate from start to finish for Pinot Noir, ideal for uniform ripening of the miniscule crops. The various clones from Paradise Vineyard were separately fermented in small bins.  Cool fruit from a night pick was de-stemmed, then cold soaked for five days prior to inoculation with the Burgundian yeast RC-212. Punchdowns were increased during the peak of fermentation to extract the skin tannins, but were reduced toward the end of fermentation to avoid the more aggressive seed tannins. The lots were pressed off at dryness, and only the free run portions were kept for possible incorporation into this single vineyard wine.  Aging was predominantly in Francois Freres barrels, about 50% new. The final blend was a strict barrel selection that included Dijon 667, 777 and 115, and a small amount of Pommard selection.

 

Tasting Notes

ABOUT THE LABEL ART:

Designer Jeffrey Caldewey captured William Knuttel’s kin-etic wine world with Etienne-Jules Marey’s 1890 “chrono-photograph,” in which multiple exposures are superimposed to show the complete motion of “le coup d’epee.” The image meta-phorically highlights the balance, finesse, power and poise valued by the wine-maker.

 
This intensely scented Pinot Noir features aromas of spiced cherries, pomegranate, black plum, and cinnamon.  Fresh fruit bursts on the palate, adding notes of earth, blackberries and vanilla. The balance is seamless from entry to finish and invites a host of food pairings, from vegetable dishes to roasted meats to spicier fare.

 

CLONES:         Dijon 667, 777, 115 and Pommard

YIELD:            2.7 tons/acre (average)

AGING:            20 months in French oak, 50% new, 20% 1 year-old, 30% 2 year-old

CASES:            412 (12 x 750ml)

ANALYSIS:      Alc: 14.9%        pH: 3.75        T.A.: 5.7 g/L

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