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2017 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir

Petaluma Gap

2017 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
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/ 750 ML bottle
SKU: 17PNAZA

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Petaluma Gap
Vineyard Designation
Azaya Ranch Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 5, 2017
Acid
5.9 g/L
pH
3.6
Aging
Aged 16 months in French oak (50% new barrels)
Fermentation
Open top fermentation, cold soak, punch down
Bottling Date
February 2019
Alcohol %
14.1
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The alluring nose grabs your attention right away, luring you in with its seductive juicy black raspberry and plum wrapped around a vibrant core of Bing cherry. Thyme and sandalwood provide an underlay of savory character to the wine. In the mouth, the wine is dense and plush, exuding sweet boysenberry, blueberry, and raspberry compote, sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Vineyard Notes
After hand sorting and destemming into a small open top fermenter, the must is cold-soaked for 7 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. To further this aim, no SO2 was used at the crusher. Gentle treatment helps bring the innate floral and berry notes of this wine to the forefront and preserve its intricate complexity. We punch down 1 to 3 times daily, according to the stage of the fermentation; less often and shorter at later stages to avoid bitter tannin pickup. After initial aging in 45% new wood, we blended in the early spring to homogenize the wine and hone our barrel choices. The bright and juicy nature of the 2017 Azaya just loved to soak up the earthy spice of Seguin Moreau Icone barrels, and absorb the sweet toffee of Taransaud barrels.
Winemaker Notes
After hand sorting and destemming into a small open top fermenter, the must is coldsoaked for 7 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. To further this aim, no SO2 was used at the crusher. Gentle treatment helps bring the innate floral and berry notes of this wine to the forefront and preserve its intricate complexity. We punch down 1 to 3 times daily, according to the stage of the fermentation; less often and shorter at later stages to avoid bitter tannin pickup. After initial aging in 45% new wood, we blended in the early spring to homogenize the wine and hone our barrel choices. The bright and juicy nature of the 2016 Azaya just loved to soak up the earthy spice of Seguin Moreau Icone barrels, and absorb the sweet toffee of Taransaud barrels.
Food Pairing Notes
Its intense berry fruit makes a perfect foil for earthy dishes like smoked pork shoulder, leek and mushroom croquettes, stuffed portobello mushrooms, or gruyere cheese.