2010 Renteria Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
VINEYARD: The Griffin’s Lair Vineyard is located in the Petaluma Gap area of Sonoma Coast. It is a west facing hillside vineyard planted to various pinot noir clones. The Renteria Pinot was a combination of clones 115 and 667. This vineyard is typical for Petaluma Gap, with morning fog, high afternoon winds, and cooler temperatures throughout the day.
VINTAGE: The 2010 vintage was very cool all throughout the growing season, until there was a burst of heat in mid September. This heat accelerated ripening and the harvest was just a bit later than normal.
The grapes ripened on October 1, and were picked at night and delivered to the winery for an early morning crushing, while still cold. They were crushed into open top fermentors, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented with Asmanhausen yeast, receiving 4 to 5 punchdowns per day. The wine was gently pressed at dryness in a basket press, and put into French oak barrels immediately. The wine was aged 11 months in barrels prior to bottling on August 4, 2011.
TASTING NOTES: The Pinot Noir from the Griffin’s Lair Vineyard is noted for medium bodied tannins with a seamless structure . . . a wine that starts and finishes with a velvety and yet full texture. The aromas are smoky and full of red cherry with a bit of wild, earthy flavors. This is a big, complex wine that should age well for 8 to 10 years.