This pretty wine won our hearts right out of the gate. Shes classic Anderson Valley - dried rose petal and anise aromas with a bit of white pepper and earthiness.
Flirty. Delicate and long finish.
Grapes were hand picked and hand sorted twice ~ 100% de-stemmed
5-day pre-fermentation cold maceration ~ 14 days total cuvaison
Began indigenous yeast fermentation, then inoculated at 1/3 ferment
with Assmanhausen Burgundy Yeast
Native malolactic fermentation in barrel
Batonnage (stirring of the lees) in barrel once every week for 3 months
Aged 11 months in 100% French oak: 60% new / 40% Blend of 1 & 2-yr. old
New Coopers: Damy (2) / Ermitage / Dargaud & Jaegle / Mercurey / Cadus / Saury
Bottled 100% unfined and unfiltered on September 1, 2010
Alc.: 14.3% by volume
|James MacPhail, producer of small-batch Pinot Noirs from the Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley, has developed his own customized winery in Healdsburg. It was completed in time to receive the 2008 harvest, MacPhail Family Wines sixth vintage. "This little winery allows me to fine tune my winemaking, crafting small lots with traditional techniques, minimal intervention and hands-on attention, says James. "My use permit is for only 5,000 cases, so production will remain small in scale and personal in style.
The 4,400 square foot structure, bathed in natural light, houses 10 small (6-ton) French oak and stainless steel fermentors. In the barrel room, 270 oak barrels from 10 French coopers stack to the ceiling. James installed corridors of river rock between the barrel rows, "a nod to Burgundy. Outside the winery is a unique constructed wetland that reclaims all of the winery wastewater.