2010 Nysa Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot NoirPinot Noir from United States
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The 2010 growing season was among the most difficult. January and February were the warmest on record. We paid for a warm, dry winter with a cold, wet spring that pushed the w...
The 2010 growing season was among the most difficult. January and February were the warmest on record. We paid for a warm, dry winter with a cold, wet spring that pushed the whole growing cycle back by at least three weeks. More rain during flower set led to shatter lowering yields. Once the weather warmed, the well-watered vines had accelerated growth requiring many trips through the vineyard to thin or position shoots and cut back excessive growth. After a late veraison in the beginning of September early migratory starlings came in awesome hordes looking for black berries but only finding pinot noir near ripeness. These grape-gobbling birds insinuated themselves in between our bird nets around the fruit zone and died there with full stomachs! We had a late harvest under clear skies bringing us beautifully ripe fruit with lower sugars and high natural acids. The low yields and fine harvest weather resulted in elegant tannins, fantastic length and great concentration of bright red toned flavors. These wines will live on for years marking 2010 as a classic cool weather vintage. Created with grapes exclusively from our estate vineyard. This wine was barrel aged for 10 months in 20% new French oak.