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Fourth Estate 2008 Pinot Noir
La Cruz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

From this acclaimed vineyard managed by Keller Estate comes an elegant and food-friendly Pinot Noir in the tradition of the Cote de Nuits.

Fourth Estate 2008 La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir


Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: 66% La Tache (also called Pisoni), 34% Swan
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Vineyard: La Cruz
Average Brix
at Harvest:
Fermentation Regime: 100% punch-down fermentation in one-ton lots. Five-day cold soak, 10-day fermentation, extended maceration
Barrel Regime: Barrel aged for 11 months in 100% French oak, 35% of which was new (Cadus, Remond and Dargaud & Jaegle)
Alcohol: 14.5
Release Date: March 2010
Cases Produced: 160

Winemaker's Notes:
The refined fruit of the La Tache clone and floral characteristics of its Swan counterpart mesh with the minerality of this vineyard site in the Sonoma Coast's Petaluma Gap to forge a "grown-up" Pinot Noir with a complex range of scents and flavors. Acacia flowers, cassis, raspberry and blueberry notes predominate.

Vintage characteristics:
Early cool spells stressed the vines, forcing them to work hard and produce fruit with abundant flavor. A growing season of warm days and cool nights culminated in a warm harvest period, ripening the fruit for the by-hand pick in early September.

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