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2011 Rainborne Cherry Ridge Vineyard, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Vineyard:
Cherry Ridge Vineyard is an ideal site for growing world class Pinot Noir. The southeast aspect is high enough to be often above the fog, yet temperatures remain cool. Dijon clones planted on Goldridge soil combined with dry-farming and minimal intervention resulted in an amazingly balanced and beautiful 2011 Pinot Noir.

Harvest:
2.77 tons handpicked at dawn on September 26th, 2011.
Dry ice applied to picking bins in the vineyard.

Crush and fermentation:
De-stemmed without using crusher rollers to ½ ton macrobins then dumped directly to an open top tank.
Fermentation allowed to progress naturally with two hand punch downs per day. Pressed October 7th.

Aging:
16 months 228 liter French oak barrels, 38% new.
Organic egg white fined at a rate of 1.25 egg whites/barrel.
Bottle aged 11 months prior to release.

Chemistry at bottling:
TA - 0.54 G/100 ML
PH - 3.59 PH
VA - 0.064 G/100 ML
Alcohol 14.20 %
Residual Sugar 0.0%

Winemaker comments:
Excellent varietal and regional character both aromatically and texturally, bright with great depth showing complexity even in youth. Possessing excellent aging potential of over 20 years. Drink 2014- 2031.

Notes from pre-release tastings:
The most common first descriptor used by sommeliers when tasting this wine is "beautiful!"