2018 Pinot Noir | The Plow
Date Picked: September 18, 2018
Finished Wine: Alcohol: 13.5%, pH: 3.56
Suggested Retail: $60 • 650 Cases Produced
The fruit for The Plow 2018 comes from the best parts of Blocks 1 and 2, where Larry Stone planted a refined, moderately productive Pinot Noir PN777 on Gelderman-Jory soils, with a layer of large gravels that impart extra energy to the vines and create more complex flavors. In 2018 this translated into a richly layered wine, even though the fermentations were handled gently. Wines grown here are the most balanced of our estate, with floral notes, minerality, freshness, round tannins and length. The 2018 Plow is the most multidimensional of all the wines we’ve made, with a multitude of flavors emerging as the wine opens up.
In this dense vintage the hand-picked whole cluster fruit was kept to 20%. Fermentation is with wild yeast in a combination of stainless steel and concrete tanks. The destemmed fruit is selected for whole berries by a special destemmer/sorter. No broken fruit goes into the cuvée. Cap management begins with gentle pump overs, followed by traditional pigeage by foot, as needed.
Overall extreme drought conditions shaped the vintage by stressing the vines and lowering the amount of juice in each berry, concentrating flavors. The Plow 2018 is our most deeply flavored yet, grown on the Gelderman-Jory soils of lower Block 1 and upper Block 2.
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