2018 Day Ranch Pinot Noir | MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
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2018 Day Ranch

Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley
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About this Wine

Sourced from the cool “deep end” of Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, Day Ranch sits on an alluvial terrace nestled against a mountainside, yielding a complex and distinctive Pinot Noir.

Inaugural Release

90 Points

"Delicious, compelling; a compelling wine of its region; a delicious, finessed expression of place. “A delicate richness pervades this floral pinot, its strawberry-blossom scents and transparent strawberry flavors rounded by oak. An earthy, celery-root bitterness lasts with the fruit, inciting an appetite for halibut braised with shiitake mushrooms.”
Josh Greene
Wine & Spirits, April 2021
Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes
Accolades
Accolades
Winemaking
Winemaking
Vintage
Vintage
Vineyard
Vineyard
Tech. Notes
Tech. Notes
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Tasting Notes

This Pinot Noir has an attractive deep fuchsia color, with enticing aromas of plum and exotic orange blossom. On the palate, a plush, supple entry evolves into a full, rich mid-palate, with firm tannins and a long, refreshing finish.

Accolades
  • 90 Points: Josh Greene Wine & Spirits
  • "Delicious, compelling; a compelling wine of its region; a delicious, finessed expression of place. “A delicate richness pervades this floral pinot, its strawberry-blossom scents and transparent strawberry flavors rounded by oak. An earthy, celery-root bitterness lasts with the fruit, inciting an appetite for halibut braised with shiitake mushrooms.”

  • 90 Points: Jim Gordon Wine Enthusiast
  • Excellent; highly recommended “This full-bodied wine offers fresh strawberry aromas, nicely concentrated and ripe black-cherry flavors and a good, slightly tannic texture that keeps coming back for more. Good balance and a nice vibrance help it stand out.”

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. This wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels — 22% new and 22% one-year-old — which enhanced the deep color and broadened the palate of this lovely wine. It was bottled on July 26, 2019.

Vintage

The 2018 growing season began with warm winter weather before things turned cool and rainy in February, which prevented an early bud break. While the rains continued, things warmed up again in March, providing ideal nutrients and growing conditions for the vines. From June onwards the weather was lovely and temperate, with sunny days and cool nights ensuring excellent flavor development and acid retention in the grapes. As harvest drew near, the weather turned warm providing a final push to ripeness. Day Ranch Vineyard is planted to Clone 667, and we harvested our fruit on September 24th, 2018.

Vineyard

To make this wine, our love of exploration took us to another acclaimed coastal Northern California wine region, Mendocino County’s renowned Anderson Valley. Located just 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, in the cool “Deep End” of the Anderson Valley, Day Ranch is planted on an alluvial terrace that abuts a mountainside. This wild, rustic terroir yields a complex and distinctive expression of Pinot Noir.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 14.30%
  • cases made:

    9 Barrels
    196 Cases

  • bottling date: 07/26/2019
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak, 22% new, 22% 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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