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94 Points PinotReport
93 Points The SOMM Journal
Winemaking: We sorted clusters in the vineyard and then gently destemmed following an evening in our cold room. We removed all ‘jack stems’ on the sorting table. Musts were cold soaked in open-top fermenters for one to four days, then inoculated with cultured yeasts to begin slow fermentation. Each tank was manually punched down one to three times per day, with a total maceration time of fourteen to eighteen days. Upon completion of primary fermentation and maceration, all free run wine was transferred to tank for settling. We pressed at extremely low pressure (0.08 bars) to avoid extracting bitterness from the seeds. After settling overnight both free-run and press wines were racked to barrels.
Character: Each year, our goal for Southing is to create the ideal marriage of complexity and elegance. The seductive nose of the 2009 Southing exhibits fresh leather, rose water, black cherry, violets and hint of macerated cherry. The fine tannins and minerality are enhanced by our estate vineyard’s characteristic cool climate acidity.
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Source: Exclusively Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Titratable Acidity: 6.7 g/L
Barrel Aging: 16 months
Oak Profile: Exclusively French Oak—55% New Barrels
Release Date: October 2011