2016 Martin Ray Bootleggers Pinot Noir
A site that once was a meeting location for Bootlegger’s during prohibition, the vineyard sits at 750 feet in the Occidental Hills on the far west side of the Russian River appellation. Planted to Goldridge soil, it’s sees excellent drainage, which makes for infertile soil, low vigor, but excellent quality. A vast mix of clones, from 115, 667, and 37, to Pommard, Calera, and Elite, each offer distinct characteristics to the wine.
Ideal conditions from beginning to end, offering ideal results throughout. Foggy and cool mornings with minimal heat spikes.
The clones were fermented in a single open-top fermenter, layered in one at a time. Gentle punch-downs followed with a brief maceration period. Maintained at moderate temperatures until dry, basket-pressed, and racked to 45% new French oak for 14 months.
Fragrant notes of cherry blossom and hibiscus, with bright red currant and dark black cherry. Fresh, tart cranberry leads to an undercurrent of bay laurel, cedar, and chanterelle mushroom, laced with stony minerality. A lean core of acidity carries, framed by structured tannins.