ARGOT 2016 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard Sonoma Mountain

VINEYARD   Designed, installed, farmed and tended, Argot’s Estate Vineyard has been a labor of love since day one, that we are proud to own 100% control of. Planted at a significantly dense 2,420 vines per acre (3 ft between vines, 6 ft vine rows) to 6 California Heritage clones, our goal is to grow perfectly ripe fruit of significant intensity. Perched at 1000’ elevation on the NW-face of Sonoma Mountain at the far western edge of the AVA. The Pinot Noir blocks reside on a steep north-facing slope composed of a geologically dramatic soil formation. Planted, 2009.

PRODUCTION   175 cases

VARIETAL   100% Pinot Noir. California Heritage clone Rochioli and Van der Kamp field selection

CRUSH   Night harvested by hand in a single pass on 9/23, hand-sorted by both cluster and berry, fully destemmed, no crushing

FERMENT   7-day cold soak.  6 and 8 day fermentations in open-top bins.  Daily punchdowns, 3 at the peak of fermentation. Clonal ferments and elevage were carried out separately, with blending done shortly before bottling.

AGING   22 months new French oak.  Never racked before bottling.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered.

NOTES   Vineyard is tended to a meager per-vine-yield due to clonal selection, inter-vine competition and aggressive vine-by-vine farming management. What arrives in the glass is a full-throttle expression of mountain-side, Heritage-selection Pinot Noir — red and black fruits, accented by streaks of pine forest, bass notes of clove spice and black tea, balance by high-toned menthol and Eucalyptus notes. These wines provide both depth and intensity, framed by a structure built to evolve for years in the cellar. A no-holds barred Pinot Noir.