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2017 Donnelly Creek Pinot Noir
Varietal
Pinot Noir

Vintage
2017
Donnelly Creek

Appellation
Anderson Valley

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SKU: 09694.17
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$696.00
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Donnelly Creek was planted by a renowned grape grower, Mary Elke, in 1991. The vineyard is located in Anderson Valley near the town of Boonville. It is just 18 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean on an alluvial terrace alongside Anderson Creek.

  • Tasting Notes
    This Anderson Valley Pinot Noir shows exotic aromas of red fruit and cinnamon spice, as well as alluring layer of rhubarb and cherry pie. The entry is elegant and inviting, echoing the red berry aromas on the palate, with velvety tannins providing an attractive mouthfeel that carries the wine to a long, supple finish.
  • Wine Origin
    Donnelly Creek was planted by a renowned grape grower, Mary Elke, in 1991. The vineyard is located in Anderson Valley near the town of Boonville. It is just 18 miles in
  • Production Notes
    The 2017 vintage followed a cool wet winter. The soils were wet and rich, which required meticulous care with cover crop management and canopy management. This vineyard is planted to an unusual array of different clones from Mary Elke’s history. The two clones in this blend are the Stang Davis clone and the VVM clone (named for Vyborny Vineyard Management, from whom Mary sourced budwood). The fruit was hand harvested at night on two distinct dates due to differences in ripening— September 12th and 20th of 2017.
  • Winemaker Notes
    The fruit was gently destemmed into small open- top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of the must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. After 10 months of ageing in exclusively French oak barrels (30% new, and 30% one-year-old), we bottled on July 31st, 2018.