2014 Square Peg Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Block 8
SP-SL Vineyard (Square Peg - Stoetz Lane) was named for Square Peg Estate’s Vineyard location on Stoetz Lane in Western Sonoma County. The estate vineyard has the distinction of being co-located in 3 of the most highly regarded AVA’s in which to grow Pinot Noir grapes; Russian River Valley, Green Valley of Russian River and Sonoma Coast.
What sets us apart from neighboring vineyards is the fact that we dry farm our vines. Dry farmed grapes more accurately reflect terroir than irrigated grapes because the roots of the vines are forced to go very deep (20+ feet) to find moisture. As the roots travel ever deeper in search of moisture they travel through different soil types with different mineral and clay content. These different soil types affect the wines growth, fruit production and maturation. Irrigated vines have no need to seek water at such extreme depths so their root systems are shallower, by comparison, to dry farmed grapes.
Made in nearly the same manner as the 2013 vintage, the fruit was cold-soaked for 3 days after de-stemming and lightly crushed to ensure that the berries remained whole in the fermenter. The cap was gently irrigated twice a day with intermittent punch-downs and extended maceration with immediate racking to French oak, for malolactic. The wine was bottled unfiltered & unfined.
The 2014 SP-SL Block 8 is a blend of 80% 828 and 20% Calera clones. Made in the true Burgundian style, the fruit, strongly reminiscent of red cherry and ripe strawberry, is restrained yet a bit more forward than her sister Pinot Noir made from Block 1 in our Estate Vineyard. Medium ruby color belies the intensity, grace and balanced acidity found only in quintessential Green Valley Pinot’s. Absolutely enjoyable now but, as is true of most remarkable Pinot Noir's; if you have enough restraint of your own to cellar for a few more years, you will be handsomely rewarded!