The 2010 Santa Lucia Highlands vintage shows dedication and patience. It started off with record cold temperatures in the spring and early summer months giving way to a warm, dry fall. Throughout the ripening process, the temperatures remained mild with few heat spikes in August and September. The small bunches and berry sizes made for a focused crop and intense flavor development. A long hang-time, because of a later than normal harvest, allowed the grapes to achieve flavor maturity before sugar levels began to rise. Even with the small size of the crop, harvesting was accomplished with numerous passes through the vineyard to determine which rows were ready to harvest.
The Pinot Noir for Peter Michael Winery's Le Moulin Rouge is grown on the slopes of the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County. The vineyard’s coastal soil and climate contribute a dense, yet delicate richness, and add to the wine’s complexity. The clone, originally selected from Burgundy’s Grand Cru, is showcased in a concentrated perfume and distinct varietal expression. The vintage’s very small
clusters and berries have produced a concentrated and intense wine. Along with fully ripe fruit, manual punch downs and barrel aging have contributed to the wine’s gorgeous, silky tannins.
Leading with intense aromas of blackberry, the 2010 Le Moulin Rouge follows with hints of Earl Grey tea. Opening further, the bouquet reveals additional aromas of strawberry, Griotte cherry with clove and cinnamon in the background. Intense in the mouth, the wine blends richness and delicacy as the flavors stretch to a long fruit-filled finish. This beautiful wine drinks well young yet will age for a decade.
Harvested: September 23, 2010 to September 24, 2010
100% naturally fermented using native yeasts
Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels from select artisan coopers
Bottled unfined and unfiltered February 1, 2012
Alcohol: 15.5 %; Release Date: September 1, 2012