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2012

Pinot Noir

Katherine Lindsay Estate
Russian River Valley

Ruby-red hued and aromatic with notes of boysenberry pie, milk cocoa and mineral, this terroir driven wine showcases the iron-rich “Sebastopol Series” Goldridge soils of our Katherine Lindsay Estate Vineyard. Striking in its complexity and concentration, flavors of cranberry, cola, and clove unfold gracefully over the palate. Fine tannins and youthful acidity frame berry notes that persist through the long finish.

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94 Points Vinous

“The 2012 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate stands out for its polish and balance. Floral notes meld into juicy red berries, mint and sweet spices. Ferrous notes develop over time, but they remain very much in the background, while floral overtones appear on the finish, adding lift, perfume and precision.”
Antonio Galloni

94 points Wine Advocate

“The dense, rich 2012 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate may turn out to be the finest of these 2012s. It offers exuberant black raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with spring flower, forest floor and a touch of oak characteristics. This gorgeous 2012 should drink well for a decade.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date October 1 & 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; 4% whole cluster inclusion
• 5 day cold soak, 17 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, 64% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Marques
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2014