2013 Monologue Pinot Noir
This dark ruby wine opens with intense aromas of toasted cinnamon, clove and nutmeg intermingling with macerated blackberry, candied cherry and a hint of dried ginger. The palate is intense with crushed cranberry, red licorice, mellow tannins and balanced acidity. The oak is well integrated and cohesive, allowing for the spice and fruit to come together into a lucious harmony leading to a clean, bright finish.
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now contains 80 acres planted to 5 varieties and 25 clonal selections. The nearby Pacific ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcareous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors.
2013 started with a dry winter resulting in only 8.5 inches of rain. A warm February initiated an early budbreak and continuous warmer than average temperatures culminated in an early Harvest. Dry and consistently warm temperatures throughout summer and fall allowed grapes to hang until optimum ripeness. Overall, this was a stunning vintage with excellent balance.
From our ten clones and 48 lots of Pinot Noir we selected the very best single lot for this wine. After meticulous hand sorting, the grapes were predominantly destemmed with a small percentage left whole cluster. Each pick was fermented separately in small open-top fermenters. A pre-fermentation cold soak of seven days was used to increase color and density. Fermentation was achieved using a combination of both native and cultured yeasts with low fermentation temperatures over a total time of 14 days, giving soft phenolics and fresh aromatics. The wine was then racked to French oak for seven months before blending followed by an additional seven months in the barrel.
This lot was harvested from our Archery Summit Clone on the Southern part of our Estate, which is just under two acres. This block shows great intensity and is always one of our favorite blocks on the property. This year it was clearly a “stand alone” selection, showing the great purity and terroir of Chamisal Estate.