A Stunning Must-Have Pinot Noir from a Rising Star!
The 2010 Hatton Daniels Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was sourced from two vineyards with heavy maritime influence, one near the Petaluma Gap, and the other a featuring 35 year old Pinot Noir vines within eyeshot of the San Pablo Bay. The resulting wine is brilliant ruby in color, with a nose brimming with aromas of raspberry, cranberry, cherry, and wild berries, laced with hints of earth, violets and potpourri. The palate is intense and full bodied for Pinot Noir, with flavors of berry, cherry, forest floor, mineral, and a hint of spicy oak. The wine beautifully walks the line between richness and elegance, in a way that only Pinot Noir seems capable of doing in California. Handmade Pinot sourced from prime Sonoma Coast vineyards rarely dips below $50, so don’t miss out on the chance to grab this one for just $36!
Vineyard lots were fermented separately in 1-ton fermenters, with long cold-soaks before primary native yeast fermentation, and a mix of punchdowns and pumpovers during ferment to achieve the desired level of extraction. Both lots were barreled down at dryness and underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel and aged for 12 months in French oak. The finished wine was then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard: Robert’s Road, Petaluma Gap & Ferguson Vineyard in Carneros
Bottling Date: December 3, 2011
Release: March, 2012
Production: 112 cases
Like many great ideas, the idea to form Hatton Daniels came out over a few bottles of wine shared between friends. Recognizing the talented winemaking skills of Daniel Fishman, his co-owners and friends John Hatton, Daniel Caddigan, and John Black pooled resources and pursued the shared vision of Hatton Daniels Wine Cellars.
Hatton Daniels is produced with the simple (sounding) intention of making the best possible wine based upon what the vintage gives us, while attempting to avoid preconceived notions about the “style” of wine we will end up with. This philosophy resulted in a slightly lighter wine than we might have expected for our 2009 vintage. In 2010, it first appeared that we had a more full-bodied wine on our hands, but it softened with time and is probably roughly similar to the 2009, or perhaps even a little lighter. The 2011 was a very strange one for Northern California, with a very cool summer followed by rain in early October. Rather than try to force anything, we went with a lighter style of wine, and though it is still aging in barrel, we are very happy with the elegance and finesse it is showing.
Dan Fishman is the Associate Winemaker for Auteur Wines. Through this position he also assists with the winemaking for The Donum Estate, Blue Farm Estate, Dunstan Wines and Conjure Wines.
Learn more at www.hattondaniels.com.