From a prized, terraced block on our estate vineyard, this is a special small-lot bottling, producing only 192 cases.
The 2015 Thale’s Vineyard Terrace Block Pinot Noir has a dense, red hue that is amplified with a touch of blue, indicative of the exceptional endowment of color in the skins of the Mariafeld clone planted in this block. The first impression in the aroma is of cassis and blueberry, but with a bit of airing in the glass, notes of cocoa and espresso come forth. On the palate, the wine is long and mouthcoating with plush tannins and toasty oak notes that finish it with a delicious complexity to be savored sip after sip.
This vintage produced 192 (9L) cases, 9 barrels.
Our Thale’s Vineyard is located in the northernmost part of the Russian River Valley in an area known as the Middle Reach. Named after Steve MacRostie’s wife, Thale (pronounced Thay-lee), this is MacRostie’s estate vineyard. On the eastern part of Thale’s Vineyard there is a slope too steep for conventional planting, so a terrace was formed and planted to make this area accessible. In addition to offering unique architecture, vintage after vintage this prized block yields a distinctive and exceptional Pinot Noir. In 2015 we decided to capture the individual expression of The Terrace Block as a special small-lot bottling.
The 2015 growing season was marked with low yields and warm weather. The Terrace Block of Thale’s Vineyard rarely yields more than two tons per acre so the fruit tends to ripen early even in cooler vintages. Dark color and intense fruit concentration drive the style. It was one of our first picks, on August 19th, 2015.
The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermentors, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of the must. Inoculation with a select yeast strain followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pumpovers and punchdowns. This wine was aged 12 months in 33% new and 67% one-year-old French oak. It was on bottled August 8th, 2016.