Episode 31 : Pinot Noir : California Varietals

This week we open a bottle or two of Pinot Noir and discuss this amazing varietal, and again focus on the California Pinot Noir’s.

We start off with a Papapietro Perry from Anderson Valley, specifically 2007 single vineyard variety of Pinot Noir. Stephen uses negative words in a positive way, to the confusion of Bill. Bill explains the difference of a delicate and agressive Pinots.

Next we go into 2009 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir from Sonoma County and we delve into craziness, and Stephen halts the show to make his point that he’s spent the entire show defending..

We also talk geographical placement of winery’s versus brewery’s and why it matters, which leads into the most interesting of arguments and Stephen’s mind is blown!

Know what you drink!

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Winemaker’s Notes for 2007 Papapietro Perry

The Charles Vineyard is located in the Southeast part of Boonville along the Anderson creek in the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. The Charles family has been in Boonville on this property since 1950 when the land was a lumber mill, then a cattle ranch and converted to vineyards in 1999. What makes this an ideal location for Pinot Noir is it’s location; the Anderson Valley opens to the ocean so the cool coastal influences on the weather can cause as much as 50 degree fluctuations in temperature in a single day. This vineyard is meticulously tended and contains clones 114, 115, 777 and Pommard on three different rootstocks.

As with all of our Pinot Noir, we cold-soaked the grapes for three to four days and then introduced select yeasts. Once fermentation began, we hand-punched the must in open-top fermenters at least four times a day to keep the temperature and oxygen at the right levels for the yeast to remain active. Once fermentation was over, the wine was gently pressed and aged for 11 months in François Frères oak barrels.


Winemaker’s Notes for 2009 Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir

The aromas of fresh maraschino cherries, spiced cider, wild strawberries, smoked meats, herbs and rose water instantly fill your glass. This medium-bodied wine shows true pinot flavors of cherry jam, wild raspberries, root beer, anise and oyster mushrooms. The tannins are rich and full across the palate, and the wine finishes fresh and supple with a note of tart cherries at the end. —Winemaker Bob Cabral


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One Response to Episode 31 : Pinot Noir : California Varietals

  1. TJ says:

    Please bring a new episode Soon. Im a fan of new brew thursday but this show needs updated so much more like a new episode every week. Amazing show and i need more!!! thanks

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