2007 Demuth Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
he Demuth Vineyard sits at 1600 feet elevation on a bench high above the Anderson Valley, slightly northwest of Boonville. Vines here struggle to grow in 18 inches of clay atop thick plates of shale. We source fruit from two distinct blocks within this vineyard site. The Wadenswill-2A block was planted in 1990. The Pommard block was t-budded over from 18-year-old Chardonnay vines in 2000. In 2007, the cool, coastal micro-climate enabled us to pick both blocks in late October. The idyllic conditions allowed for optimal fruit ripening while maintaining naturally balanced structure.
The nose encompasses a broad range of aromas: ripe strawberry, raspberry and black cherry, with added complexity of clove, spicy root beer, and forest floor. The wine is round and full-bodied with bright acidity and smooth tannins. Flavors match the aromas, with an added touch of mineral and mushroom components. The texture is smooth and silky with a seamless finish. We think this is one of the best wines we have ever bottled!
94 points – Pinot Report