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Marimar Estate La Masia Pinot Noir 2012

ID No: 441918
Vintage:2012
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Product Description

Don Miguel Vineyard
Russian River Valley AVA

The Vinification
The grapes were harvested August 30 - September 13. After minimal crushing, they fermented in stainless steel, with no whole clusters. The wine was aged in premium French oak barrels, 33% new, coopered by Remond, Rousseau, Marsannay, Mercurey and Marchive from the forest of Bertranges. It was bottled, unfined and unfiltered, in August 2011.

The Clones
The six clones planted in the vineyard’s 30 acres of Pinot Noir yield wines with complex layers of flavors. The blend of clones in this vintage is 22% Swan, 21% Pommard, 21% Cristina 88, 19% Dijon 115, 10% Dijon 667, and 7% Lee.

Tasting Notes
The aromas reflect the classic Russian River/Green Valley fruit: dark berries, sassafras, and a hint of orange peel. On the palate the wine has great concentration of flavors but it is supple and silky, with notes of clove and cinnamon plus a trace of peat and forest floor. Perfect balance and roundness that augur a long aging potential.

"The 2010 Pinot Noir Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Unfiltered’s red apple skin, cherry, plum and foresty notes are very premier cru Cote de Beaune-like. In the mouth, broad, savory, medium-bodied flavors reveal excellent softness as well as enough definition and freshness. This is a dead-ringer for some of the premier cru Cote de Beaunes from Louis Jadot and Joseph Drouhin I used to drink when they were inexpensive and widely available in the late seventies and early eighties. This wine has enormous charm, so enjoy it over the next 5-6 years. - RP"
- Wine Advocate (Issue #210, December 2013), 90 pts

Winery: Marimar Estate

The Marimar Estate
Exporting a Legacy To California
Nestled in the rolling hills of western Sonoma County, the Russian River/Green Valley appellation is a perfect microclimate for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 50 miles north of San Francisco, the site is influenced by the sea's cooling breezes and drifting fog. That is why Marimar Torres selected this privileged location to "export" the Torres family legacy of fine wines to California.

A Catalan Farmhouse-Winery
Built in 1992 with a capacity of 15,000 cases, the winery sits on a hill surrounded by vines. The production wing is outfitted with carefully selected equipment, to allow the control essential to producing a wine based on minimal handling. Its three barrel rooms with independent temperature and humidity controls provide flexibility to experiment with various vinification techniques, in order to best express the fruit's character.

 

The Marimar Vineyard
The Don Miguel Vineyard: A Unique Site
Marimar came to live in California in 1975. After two years of searching, she acquired the land and began planting the vineyard in 1986. Today there are 30 acres planted with Chardonnay and 30 with Pinot Noir. The wines are made entirely from estate-grown grapes. Named in honor of the late patriarch of the family, the vineyard is unique in California because it is totally European in style. The vines are trained very close to the ground on an open vertical trellis, following the slope of an east-facing hillside; the rootstocks are phylloxera resistant; and the planting density is 2000 vines per acre, four times more than is traditional in California. Such high density promotes root competition and diminishes vigor, naturally reducing the output per vine.
Yields are low and labor is intensive, but the vines live longer and produce grapes with greater concentration of flavors, more refined and elegant aromas, and better balance. To contribute complexity, Marimar did extensive research to select several clones of each varietal: See, Rued and Spring Mountain for Chardonnay; and Cristina 88, Swan, Pommard, Lee, Dijon 115 and Dijon 667 for Pinot Noir. Each clone brings different attributes to the final blend, resulting in wines with deep layers of flavor

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