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2012

Pinot Noir

Cuvée Agustina
Katherine Lindsay Estate
Russian River Valley

Named for Paul’s eldest daughter and produced only in the best vintages, Cuvée Agustina represents an unparalleled expression from block A9 in the southeast corner of our Katherine Lindsay Estate vineyard. This wine is distinguished by the selection of barrels and blended to showcase texture, concentration and structure. Deep garnet in color, this assertive and refined wine shows exotic aromas of red cherry, boysenberry, plum, rose petal, bergamot, clove, and sandalwood. The mouth feel is pure and vibrant with notes of earl gray tea and juicy black raspberries guiding towards a long and precise finish.

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(90-92) Points Vinous

“The 2012 Pinot Noir Cuvee Agustina Katherine Lindsay Estate is quite a bit bigger and darker than the Katherine Lindsay Estate. There is plenty of depth and power in the glass, but fewer of the aromatic top notes found in the straight Katherine Lindsay. Here the style is very much on the dark/virile side of things. It will be interesting to see how both Katherine Lindsay Pinots develop over the coming year.”
Antonio Galloni

(93-95+) points Wine Advocate

“Appears to be a great Pinot Noir in what is a top vintage in Northern California. Loaded with fruit, body, structure and tannin, it is currently a backward, meaty Pinot that should age effortlessly for 10 years. ”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date October 4

Growing Season The 2012 growing season has been described by many as “textbook perfect”. Temperate summer days moderated plant growth, contributing to smaller cluster and berry size during lag phase, leading to increased concentration of flavors. An idyllic Indian summer finished the maturation process, producing fruit with exceptional character and intensity.

Winemaking

• Hand harvested at night
• Hand sorted, cold; no whole cluster inclusion
• 6 day cold soak, 18 days total maceration
• Fermented with indigenous yeasts in small, open-top, stainless steel tanks
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 70% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2014