Nash Mill Vineyard, Anderson Valley

Nash Mill vineyard is located on a southern profile in the Eastern hills at the cool northern end of the Anderson Valley. Its location is within a large cold air drainage which further moderates temperatures and slows grape ripening. The typical harvest at Nash Mill is about 2 weeks later than many other vineyards in the Anderson Valley.

The vineyard is owned by Zac and Krista Robinson, whose family also owns Husch Vineyards, the oldest winery in Anderson Valley. The vineyard is farmed with an emphasis on balance. The use of irrigation, fertilizers and cover crops is tuned to devigorate the strong zones and build strength in the weaker areas. Since the property includes Mill Creek, a healthy salmon fishery, the Vineyard uses Fish Friendly practices and was certified in 2010.

Our Nash Mill Pinot Noir is a mix of Djion clones 115 and 667 and Pommard. Light in tone, the color of the wine belies the intensity at its core. On the nose are whiffs of earth, raspberry and warm spices. There's good acidity and a sweet, red cherry finish that balances that old-style Anderson Valley fruit with a racy edge.

Clones: Dijon 115, 667; Pommard
Harvest/Brix: (115/667) October 4, 2012 at 28 Brix, (Pommard) October 9, 2012 at 27 Brix
Fruit: 100% whole berry (no stems)
Fermentation: Native on 115/667, RC212 on Pommard
Barrel aging: 16 months in French oak, 33% new (Remond)
Alcohol content: 14.5% by volume
Bottled: February 2014
Production: 70 cases
Release date: May 2014

Suggested Retail Price: $40/bottle (750ml)
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