2010 Siduri Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir
The 2010 vintage at Clos Pepe Vineyard was one characterized by a narrow picking window, somewhat higher than normal brix, and yet outstanding levels of natural acidity. All of this was brought on by a late September heat spike. This heat spike brought the grapes from our three sections closer together in terms of ripeness, pushed sugars up, but interestingly enough, failed to lower the acidity levels.
We started picking the Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir on October 3, 2010 with our Original block of 115. This section is the furthest east in the vineyard with the wind being somewhat blocked by the hills and thus it usually ripens first. Just four days later we picked the Pommard in the middle of the vineyard, and three days after that we picked the lower, Pond section of 115. We chose to utilize some whole clusters in the fermentations on the Original and Pommard sections of the vineyard, but fully destemmed the Pond block. Each lot was inoculated (unusual for us, but fermentation proceeded too quickly with the native yeasts in 2010) and pressed to their own individual barrels at the conclusion of fermentation. Ultimately, after tasting through all of the barrels blind in March of 2011, we came up with a blend that is 6 barrels of our Original Block, 5 barrels of the Pond Section of 115, and 4 barrels of the Pommard clone.
The 2010 Siduri Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir is full of dark berries, spice, and plum flavors. Rich and concentrated, with more tannins than many of the 2010 Pinot Noirs, this wine certainly is approachable enough now to have with a meal, but truly is one that will improve with some time in the cellar.