The grapes were picked at 23.0° brix, with a pH of 3.4, and 8.6 grams per liter titratable acidity. The finished wine has a pH of 3.63, titratable acidity of 6.6 grams per liter, and 12.8% alcohol.
Release Date: Fall 1987
Our Pinot Noir comes exclusively from out seven acre estate vineyard planted in 1943. The old vines are pruned severely and are never irrigated. This extreme regimen, in combination with the thin mountain soil found at the peak of Mount Eden, reduces the crop size to miniscule levels. We believe all this is necessary to produce Pinot Noir of longevity, complexity and breed.
The 1984 Pinot Noir is an intensely flavored, generous wine with an unusually firm structure and long aftertaste. It was produced in our traditional manner of lengthy slow fermentation, aging in new Burgundy barrels, and egg-white fining for clarity. Given the high level of concentration and superb balance of this wine, you can expect improvement in the bottle for 4 to 5 years and a drinking plateau for many years thereafter.