2013 Pratt Vine Hill Pinot Noir
This young vineyard in the Laguna Hills of Sonoma County's Russian River Valley has soils that remind one of a moonscape. The whitest soil I have seen in the region; it is very sandy and the Mt Eden, Swan, and Martini - AKA "hertiage" or "suitacse clones planed here - so named because the plant material was essentially smuggled from France in vintners' suitcases, - produce a very perfumed, elegant Pinot Noir. The vineyard is farmed by Jim Pratt and his attention to detail in the farming is reflected in the exceptional quality of the fruit. The property is at the corner of Vine Hill Road and Vine Hill School Road, near of number of very well-known vineyards.
The grapes were harvested on September 6th. After destemming, the fruit cold soaked for 4 days and a spontaneous, natural fermentation was allowed to begin. When dry, a basket press was used. The wine settled overnight and then barreled down in a mix of Frnech oak barrels,. A natural malolactic fermentation occured. The wine rested on the fine lees until march when it was racked in preparation for bottling. 219 cases produced.