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2012 Alfaro Family Pinot Noir 'A' Estate

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The grapes used for this wine come from 3 separate Estate Vineyards:

Alfaro Family Vineyard is the largest vineyard at just over 16 acres and is planted exclusively to Pinot Noir. It consists of 9 different blocks; each block has a different combination of clones and rootstock, including clones 113, 114, 115, 667, 777 and 828. Vine density is 1361 vines per acre. The vineyard is on a south facing hillside between 500 and 650 feet in elevation.

Lindsay Paige Vineyard is named in honor of the Alfaro’s daughter. Planted in 1998, the vineyard covers a little more than 7 acres on a northwest facing hillside between 550 and 650 feet elevation. The upper portion is planted to Pinot Noir. This high density planting (almost 2000 vines per acre) consists of clones 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, 828, 359, 475, Pommard 4 and Pommard 5.

Ryan Spencer Vineyard, named after the Alfaro’s son, was planted in 2001. It is comprised of 7 acres broken into 6 different blocks on a very steep hill between 450 and 800 feet in elevation. Grandma & Grandpa's blocks are located on the lower part of the hill and are planted to Pommard clones 4 & 5 Pinot Noir.

Winemaking: 80% of the grapes were de-stemmed and 20% were left as whole clusters. Then they were placed into small open-topped fermenters. The must was chilled to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and cold soaked for seven days. Fermentation occurred spontaneously. No punch downs were performed. To avoid over-extraction and to keep the cap moist during fermentation we performed rack-and-returns via gravity. After fermentation the wine was pressed off directly into French oak barrels where it was allowed to undergo a natural malo-lactic fermentation. It was then aged for 8 months on its lees, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Technical Data:

Production: 1000 cases
Release Date: June 1, 2013
Alcohol: 13.8 % by vol.
Aging : 8 months in French oak barrels (30% new)