AVA: Dundee Hills LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.
ELEVATION: 500’ SOIL TYPE: Jory
YEAR PLANTED: 2000 CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Dijon 115
VINEYARD SIZE: 60-acre vineyard, 3.1-acre PGC block VINIFICATION: One 8-ton open-top fermenter done 100% destemmed and two 1.75 ton done with 100% whole cluster fermentations.
PICKING DATE: 10/02/17 TONS/ACRE: 3.44
OWNERS: The Durant Family PRODUCTION: 170 cases
The Madrone Block’s Dijon 115 planting creates a much different Pinot Noir than the Pommard Clone from the Bishop Block, and it is special enough to be bottled on its own. In the 2017 we utilized an 8 ton open top fermenter for all of the de-stemmed fruit from this block. This requires and intense regiment of pumping over while punching down to ensure both gentle and effective reincorporation of solids with the juice. Four of the seven barrels were chosen from this lot. The remaining two fermenters were 100% whole cluster fermentations to provide a level of structure and savory aspects into the densely fruited large de-stemmed fermentation. The remaining three barrels of the bottling were selected from these ferments. So, this still brings in the velvety texture that Dundee Hills Pinot Noirs can have although the more rigid tannin from the one barrel can be felt in the back of the wine, if only for a fleeting moment. This is definitely deep in fruit and oozing with textural appeal. This borders right on sultry as all bottlings of this block have since we began producing it in 2012. Almost certainly, this is the single vineyard designate with the most upfront appeal to it. This will show sweet red fruits which are certainly a staple of the vintage with classic Dundee Hill sweet spices. Hard not to like.