La Masía Pinot Noir 2015
Why "La Masía"? La Masía means The Farmhouse in Catalonia, my home region, and our winery is designed to resemble a classic Catalan farmhouse. My philosophy has always been to produce a wine as an extension of farming the vineyard.
The Don Miguel Vineyard: Named after the late patriarch of the Torres family, this sustainable and biodynamic vineyard is located in the Green Valley — the coolest, foggiest region of the Russian River, only ten miles from the Pacific. Planted in the European-style high density of over 2,000 vines/acre, the yields are low and labor intensive; but the vines live longer and the grapes acquire better balance and greater concentration, as well as more elegance and finesse.
The Vinification: The grapes were harvested August 19 - September 10, hand-sorted, destemmed and fermented using our own indigenous yeast in small stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in premium French oak barrels, 33% new, coopered by Remond and Rousseau from the forests of Bertranges and Central France. It was bottled, unfined and unfiltered, in August 2016.
The Clones: The various clones planted in the vineyard’s 30 acres of Pinot Noir yield wines with complex layers of flavors. The blend of clones in this vintage is 49% Swan, 26% Pommard, 22% Dijon 667 and 3% Dijon 115.
Tasting Notes: Deep, beautiful dark color and intense classic Russian River/Green Valley nose of black cherries and blueberries, even a hint of rose petals. The palate is elegant, with concentration and balance. The firm tannins promise a long life; this wine will continue to develop for another 10-15 years. I would recommend serving it at cellar temperature, between 58-60° F.