The 2016 Tina Marie Pinot is a full-bodied, opulent style, reminiscent of the 2015. The aromas leap from the glass with sensational rich sarsaparilla tinged black berries
and cherries. A tinge of bitter cocoa mixed with the toasted new oak completes the aromas. These characters meld into the flavors that are initially dominant by the new oak. A touch of brioche and a very long finish leave a lasting impression.
The Tina Marie vineyard is situated in the blessed Pinot Noir appellation – the Green
Valley, within the Russian River Valley located NW of Sebastopol. The 11 acre vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777. Coastal fog visits most days
until September, and burns off late morning moderating the summer sun.
The alter ego to our Petite Sirah, we employ very minimalist techniques with our Pinots. We added 20% whole clusters to the whole berry, destemmed fruit, which then underwent a four-day cold soak, involving a daily gentle pump over of the juice. Once fermentation began naturally with indigenous yeast we punched down twice daily until fermentation was complete. After a five day extended maceration we pressed gently to French oak barrels, 40% new. We then stirred monthly for six months before allowing the wine to rest until bottling. The Tina Marie was racked just
once before we bottled after 15 months in barrel.