The old wine adage says that the more stressful the life of the vine, the more interesting the wine. That certainly holds true with the 2008 Mercy Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco, which gives you bold fruit, spice and earth, along with smooth body and a lingering finish.
The 2008 Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco is an example of a beautiful outcome from a rough upbringing. Born from the vines of Zabala Vineyard in Arroyo Seco, this wine had to overcome gravel-laden soil and cool ocean breezes just to become a grape. Add to this quality upbringing the talented artisan winemaking of Alan Philips and you have a unique and fantastic expression of Pinot Noir.
An expressive wine that showcases the supple, fruit-driven and broad nature of Pinot Noir grown in the Arroyo Seco AVA. A core of dark cherry is highlighted with aromas of strawberry, spice and earth. Dense and fleshy in the mouth, supple tannins enhance the flavors on the palate and melt away as part of the long, lingering finish.
Dating back to the Spanish Land Grant, the Zabala family has been stewards of the same ranch for seven generations. The property encompasses much of the Arroyo Seco Riverbed and is known for its rocky, gravelly soils. Vines were first planted in 1972 and the vineyard is home to many different varietals, including various clones of Pinot Noir.
The Pinot Noir was hand-harvested on the morning of October 6, 2008. At the winery, the fruit was gently crushed and de-stemmed, with the resulting must racked to tank. Inoculated after 2 days of cold soaking the following extraction period was 17 days, with hand punch downs employed to re-engage skin- to-juice contact. Once pressed the wine was transferred to French oak barrels (Allier and Vosges oak).