|Winery||Peter Michael Winery|
This wine charms the eye with a red ruby color and bright crimson highlights. The nose is marked with notes of raspberry, Griotte cherry, strawberry, leather with a subtle note of violet and rose. Balanced and refined the 2017 Ma Danseuse has a wonderful concentration of delicate red fruits, red rose petal, cloves, vanilla, hazelnut and a mineral driven finish. The tannins are well integrated and the texture silky. The wine is approachable now, but will continue to develop for two decades.
The 2017 growing season began with abundant rainfall, ending California’s long drought. Spring weather was cool, but dry, resulting in an extended blooming period. The vines were vigorous
thanks to the winter rains. Aggressive canopy management and fruit thinning brought the crop into optimal balance. Warmer than normal conditions after veraison accelerated ripening and required careful irrigation to mitigate dehydration. A return of cooler conditions allowed our Pinot Noir to slowly reach perfect ripeness. Picking was gradual and methodical, yielding a slightly larger than normal harvest. The vintage produced rich, forward Pinot Noirs that will show well young, but possess the structure to age.
Ma Danseuse, French for ‘My Dancer,’ is named in honor of Lady Michael by Sir Peter, who fondly remembers how they first met. Situated between 1,200 and 1,400 feet above sea level on steep mountain slopes, the vineyard faces east and north-east. It benefits from both the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean over the ridges to the west and the mild sunny mountain climate. The soil of the vineyard is a composite of clay, silt and volcanic gravels, which gives polished tannins, body and a hint of graphite-mineral. The Ma Danseuse is the most feminine of our trio of Pinot Noir vineyards.
Harvested: September 16 - 28 2017
100% naturally fermented using native yeast
Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels from select artisan coopers
Bottled unfined and unfiltered: February 12, 2019