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AVA

Chalone

Monterey County


Vineyard

Michaud


Grower

Michael Michaud


Harvest Dates

9/10/13


Clonal Content

115, 667, 777, Swan Selection


Alcohol / pH

14.4 % / 3.68


Titratable Acidity

0.61 gms / 100mL


Barrel Aging

17 months in French Oak

(50% new)


Cases Produced

49


Suggested Retail Price

$44

2013

Michaud Vineyard

Pinot Noir


The Michaud vineyard is an extraordinary location for cultivating pinot noir.  Lying at 1600’ above the Salinas Valley floor and at the front door of Pinnacles National Monument, the vineyard is certainly unusual by typical pinot noir. standards.  However, this vineyard lies in one of the only places where decomposed granite and limestone are present at the surface, creating a superb soil profile for pinot noir, similar to that of Burgundy.  The vineyard is tended by Michael Michaud, whose experience and commitment to the Chalone AVA is unrivaled.


The limited rainfall and challenging conditions stunt the vines, causing the grapes to be thicker skinned than their valley floor cousins. The thicker skins provide tannins and ultimately more structure in the finished wine.  While mid-day temperatures can reach above 100F for days at a time, nighttime brings 50, and even 60 degree drops in temperature, ensuring that acid levels stay high through to harvest. These conditions and Michael's experienced management ensures that crop yield will be low perfectly to attain the highest quality fruit possible.


Winemaker Notes


2013 was another year of sparse rainfall in the Chalone AVA, with limited amounts during the warm spring leading to some water deficits over the course of the growing season.  Consequently, cluster and berry sizes at the Michaud Vineyard were even smaller than is typical for this vineyard.  As a result, we harvested much earlier than typical for this site, and expected a very concentrated expression of the fruit.

The 2013 Michaud offers a compelling nose of cherries, cardamom, cedar, and damp loam.  The entry is smooth, followed by a taut core of cherry fruit with hints of citrus and herbs.  The spicy mid-palate then explodes, leading into a lengthy finish with gentle tannins and tart cherries.  This is a special pinot noir from the Michaud Vineyard, one that would pair very nicely with a simply roasted leg of lamb.


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