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2017 Donnelly Creek

Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley
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About this Wine

This Anderson Valley Pinot Noir shows exotic aromas of red fruit and cinnamon spice, as well as alluring layer of rhubarb and cherry pie.

Library Selection

91 Points

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Tasting Notes

This wine displays an opulent, dense purple-red color, and enticing aromas of brandied cherry and potpourri. Perfumed oak enhances both the aromas and mouthfeel. On the palate, it strikes a lovely balance between firm, rich tannins and a supple, round mouthfeel. The finish is youthful and firm, ensuring that this beautiful wine will age well for many years to come.

Accolades
  • 91 Points: Wine & Spirits
Winemaking
The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of the must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. After 10 months of ageing in exclusively French oak barrels (30% new, and 30% one-year-old), we bottled on July 31st, 2018.
Vintage

The 2017 vintage followed a cool wet winter. The soils were wet and rich, which required meticulous care with cover crop management and canopy management. This vineyard is planted to an unusual array of different clones from Mary Elke’s history. The two clones in this blend are the Stang Davis clone and the VVM clone (named for Vyborny Vineyard Management, from whom Mary sourced budwood). The fruit was hand-harvested at night on two distinct dates due to differences in ripening—September 12th and 20th of 2017.

Vineyard

Donnelly Creek was planted by a renowned grape grower, Mary Elke, in 1991. The vineyard is located in Anderson Valley near the town of Boonville. It is just 18 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean on an alluvial terrace alongside Anderson Creek.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 14.20%
  • bottling date: 07/31/2018
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak, 30% new and 30% one-year-old

  • fermentation:

    Gently destemmed into open-top fermenters; three-day cold soak; cap management included pump-overs & punch-downs

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