The Corby Vineyards in Philo lie in the heart of the Anderson Valley. Our block, which sits on southwest facing, gently sloped benchland, is planted to the Pommard clone. The vineyard offers all that makes Anderson Valley so special and ideally suited to Pinot Noir: well drained soil, cool climate, very cold evenings, and prodigious fog.
The grapes were harvested by hand, destemmed and gently fed into an open top tank with about 50% whole berries. The must was a frosty 47 degrees. Native yeast fermentation began ten days later and was complete by October 14. We drained the free-run juice directly into Francois Freres, Allier barrels, 25% of which were new. Native malolactic fermentation was complete by the end of February, 2008. We racked the wine just three weeks prior to bottling, and we bottled unfiltered on August 20, 2008.
Anderson Valley produces an elegant, nuanced, silky style of Pinot Noir. Our goal was simply to respect the fruit and the vineyard so that those attributes expressed themselves. The nose is compelling, with perfumed, spicy cherry and plum fruits and subtle oak undertones. The palate exhibits very supple tannins and balanced acidity. This wine exemplifies Pinot Noir from a banner year and a superb site.
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