Yield: 1/2 ton per acre
Harvest: September 10th-13th
Numbers @ Harvest: 24.2 Brix, 3.6 pH, 0.81 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: Francois Freres 50% new; 50% 1 year old
Bottling: September 2001 no fining or filtration
Release Date: Fall 2003
Pinot noir is all about small.
My wife Ellie and I were just up in Oregon at their annual Pinot Noir Extravaganza tasting dozens of Pinot Noirs from all over the planet. The best wines by far were made in small lots. The peculiar nature of the grape Pinot Noir is such that it is sensitive, unforgiving and intolerant of being blended with a variety of sources. Mount Eden has been making Pinot Noir as an estate longer than anyone on this continent and we still produce only 350 cases. Small is where it’s at.
What you get from this vintage is an impression of sweetness. Not sweetness from residual sugar but rather from beautifully ripened fruit that generosity, purity of character, and place impart.
The growing season was punctuated by occasional storms that slowed the progress of the vineyards allowing the delicate Pinot to ripen slowly. Fermented in our open top tanks and aged in Burgundy barrels for a mere twelve months, this 2000 is an exceptional vintage for this estate. Symmetry, roundness and balance are the impressions we come away with.