Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 50% New, 50% Second Vintage French oak; Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
True to its mid-valley origins, the 2012 Split Rail Pinot Noir combines characteristics from both ends of the Anderson Valley, bringing together the signature dark fruit, root beer and black tea notes of the warmer part of the valley, with the herbal spice, wild berry and black pepper elements of the valley’s cooler deep end. This cellar-worthy bottling will reward decanting or a few years of patient aging.
After a cold, dry winter, we did extensive pruning to delay budbreak until the optimal time. Early spring rains and warm weather produced ideal conditions from bloom through fruit set. Though we set a larger-than-normal crop, the clusters were dense and compact with abundant small berries, which is perfect for high-quality wine. Warm summer days, cool nights and clockwork fog allowed for slow, even ripening and the retention of acidity. We harvested block-by-block over an almost languid two-month period. Like the Anderson Valley itself, the resulting wines are pure and complex, balancing a natural richness with a rustic elegance.