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2017 Clarice Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

I source from two sections at the Rosella’s Vineyard, a one-acre block planted to the Pisoni Selection and one-acre of the Pommard clone.

I followed the same protocol for my 2017 Clarice Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir as for the Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir, waiting to thin until veraison, with one exception. I thinned the 20 northernmost vines in each row of the Pisoni Selection earlier to give the clusters more airflow, as this section is more prone to botrytis. The Pisoni and Pommard sections historically ripen a week or so apart, but I sampled, picked, and fermented them as one lot in hopes of achieving an even greater degree of harmony. Harvest took place on September 7, 2017 and the grapes were hand-sorted with 58% of the fruit being whole cluster fermented and the remaining fruit destemmed on top of the tank. Much like the Garys’ Vineyard, fermentation was uninoculated (and very vigorous – as it spilled out of the tank just a tad) and the wine was drained straight to barrel. The wine was aged in both Boutes and Francois Freres barrels. A barrel selection that make up the best possible Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir will be bottled without fining or filtration.

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