The 2012 Argetsinger Pinot Noir shows the typical bright garnet hue of red associated with Pinot Noir. The nose already shows great complexity with layers of plum and cherry fruit, brown spices as well as elements of violet and “forest floor." While the underlying tannin structure is evident, this Pinot Noir already shows a soft, round mouthfeel with a rich texture. The finish is long and smooth with a nice spicy finish. While very enjoyable now, we expect this wine to improve in the bottle for 6-10 years.
This is the first vineyard designated Pinot Noir from the Argetsinger vineyard. Sam’s vineyard is located on the South-East side of Seneca Lake on a steep slope overlooking the lake. The vineyard was planted with various Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. The soil type is Howard gravel over a limestone bedrock, which provides excellent drainage and early ripening.
2012 was an exceptional vintage in the Finger Lakes region. Budbreak was almost a month ahead of the long term average. We escaped Spring frost damage and following a warm and sunny growing season, we were able to harvest these grapes in perfect condition with ripening conditions not previously seen in the Finger Lakes region.
The grapes were all hand harvested in early October and de-stemmed into open top fermenters. The grapes were put through an extensive “cold soak” lasting six days prior to the beginning of fermentation. Given the exceptional ripeness level we increased the number of punch downs and pump overs and extended the skin contact period. The grapes spent almost four weeks on the skins before we bucketed out the skins and proceeded with a very gentle pressing. The press fraction was incorporated and after 5 days of settling, the Argetsinger was transferred to two French barrels for malolactic fermentation and extended barrel aging. The wine was given a slight filtration prior to bottling.