Russian River Valley
September 11, 2012
March 17, 2014
2012 Tara Vineyard Pinot Noir
Tara Vineyard is located on the lower, easterly facing slope of our hill, where there is an abundance of dark, charcoal colored soil belonging to the river ter- race series of soils which are not typically seen in our area. The vineyard was first planted in 1998 to Dijon clone 115 on 4453 rootstock but, due to root- stock disease, a replanting program was initiated in 2009. The fruit from this production represents the first “new” Tara Pinot, that of clone 115 planted on 101-14 rootstock. The 2012 growing season continued with the recent trend that no two years are alike. The winter of 2012 did not really arrive until March when our sea- sonal rains finally arrived. The rains continued throughout the entire month, even during budbreak which occurred on time around March 17. The rest of the growing season was pleasant and mild. Crop set was unlike any seen in recent years with beautiful full primordia that gave way to big, fully shaped clusters. Berry size was a bit large but the fruit was as unblemished and per- fect as could be.
After sorting, the grapes were gently destemmed into small, custom designed open top fermenters and kept below 50°F for a five day cold soak. Tanks were then individually warmed to allow fermentation to take place in a timely man- ner followed by cooling, as needed, to maintain temperatures below 85°F. Thrice daily pneumatic punch downs took place during the cold soak and fer- mentation. Once dry, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press keep- ing free run and press fractions separate. Malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels.