Peter Michael 'Ma Danseuse' Pinot Noir 2011

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Sonoma County
Pinot Noir

The 2011 growing season started with a cool wet spring. While Peter Michael Winery's Seaview vineyards did not experience any frost, the temperatures delayed bud break. The weather from fruit set through harvest stayed even, cool and mild without any damaging heat spikes. This coupled with the ample spring rains allowed them to dry farm in this vintage. To ensure proper ripening, they worked diligently on canopy management and crop thinning. This attention to detail allowed the fruit to ripen evenly and resulted in wines that are more “European” in style. For Pinot Noir, 2011 will be remembered as a vintage that yielded wines exhibiting gorgeous structure and elegance.

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 slopes, the vineyard faces east and northeast. 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 tannin, body and a hint of graphite-mineral. Ma Danseuse is the most feminine of our trio of estate Pinot Noir bottlings.

Ma Danseuse charms the eye with its red ruby color and bright maroon tinge. Its bouquet is vibrant and delicate with aromas of roses, raspberry, Griotte cherries, forest floor, red currant, and a
subtle note of violet. 2011 Ma Danseuse is delicate, fragrant and refined and shows wonderful concentration on the palate. Spring blossoms and potpourri, with subtle notes of rare spices embraces
a silky texture and lingering aromatic finish.

Harvested: September 21, 2011 to September 27, 2011
100% naturally fermented using native yeasts
Aged 16 months in 33% new French oak barrels from select
artisan coopers
Bottled unfined and unfiltered February 1, 2013
Alcohol 13.9 %; Release Date: September 1, 2013