2005 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Ruxton Vineyard

2005 Paul Mathew Ruxton Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Vineyards

The Ruxton Vineyard is located at the western edge of the Green Valley Appellation overlooking the Santa Rosa Plain with the Mayacama Mountains as a back drop. This east facing vineyard gets plenty of sun with it's elevation on the ridge line, usually above the fog. The Gold Ridge soil and moderate slope keep yields down and quality up. Dijon Clones 667, 777, and 115 are planted in this two acre block. The wines from this vineyard have black fruits, baking spices, and mushroom earthiness, with rich texture.

Winemaking

Grapes were hand picked and sorted then destemmed into one-ton bins. The must was cold soaked for five days and then allowed to warm up and start fermentation. The bins are punched down four times daily until the wine was dry. Then the wine was pressed off into barrel and was allowed to go through Malolactic fermentation. It was then lightly sulphured and aged on the lees for ten months. The wine was carefully racked and bottled.

Winemaker's Notes

This was one of those good luck stories you only hear about. The grapes were unexpectedly available the day before they were picked. I received a call on Sunday and went out to the vineyards that afternoon. The grapes were perfect. The 2005 vintage was near perfect with it's long, cool growing season and extended, even paced harvest. We were able to do all the things we wanted to do with the wines, thanks to the mellow pace of the harvest.
A beautiful purple color that accentuates the grapes with a rich ripe black cherry, cinnamon jamminess. This wine has strong structure, great full texture with a long fruit finish.

Reviews

Pinot Report (6/15/07)
Medium ruby color; spicy, slightly stewed cherry aromas, delicate; complex, delicious stewed cherry, spicy, delicate and complex, silky texture, sweet oak; great structure and balance; long finish. Delicious, juicy fruit, this wine is delightfully complex and interesting with a great silky mouthfeel.
Score: 94