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Fourth Estate 2008 Pinot Noir
Doctor's Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands


From a sustainably farmed vineyard managed by Hahn Estates we offer a robust and fruit-forward Pinot Noir with excellent color and the distinctive flavors of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Fourth Estate 2008 Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir

Vintage:

2008
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: 66% Calera, 34% Pommard
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard: Doctor's Vineyard
Average Brix
at Harvest:
25.2
Fermentation Regime: 100% punch-down fermentation in one-ton lots. Five-day cold soak,
8-day fermentation, extended maceration
Barrel Regime: Barrel aged for 11 months in 100% French oak, 35% of which was new (Ermitage and Francois Freres)
Alcohol: 14.3
Release Date: March 2010
Cases Produced: 150

Winemaker's Notes:
The bright, jammy fruit of the Calera "designer clone" meshes with darker flavors of the Pommard to create a rich, vivid wine that's evocative of the Santa Lucia region. Blackberry, dark fruit and cedar flavors are evident, as is an appealing richness and texture.

Vintage characteristics:
An ideal growing season gave way to a September cool spell, allowing the fruit more hang time for flavor development. Morning fog led to sunshine and moderate temperatures during the day, ripening the fruit slowly in preparation for a by-hand pick in late September.


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