Orogeny Vineyards 'Green Valley' Pinot Noir 2006
Nestled in redwoods and bathed by cool Pacific Ocean fog, the Green Valley American Viticultural Area yields Pinot Noir grapes with an ideal balance of ripeness and acidity. The wine comes from several 8- to 20-acre vineyards budded to clones that contribute flavor diversity, bright acidity, rich color and supple tannin structure to the wine. These include Dijon clones (667, 777 and 115), the Pommard clone, and Beringer Clone 15. The cool climate, long sun exposure and ideal soils also contribute to the layers of flavor. Gold Ridge soil predominates on these ridge-top sites; this very fine, sandy clay loam has a balanced mineral content and naturally stresses the vines.
The 2006 growing season gave us abundant winter and spring rains that lasted through April. Bloom, when the grapes flower and set fruit, occurred slightly later than normal. A warmer July gave way to a cool August and early fall, giving the grapes long hangtime on the vines. We harvested these Pinot Noir grapes, with ripe, balanced flavors and mature tannins, from September 23 to October 25. The light crop, with small, concentrated berries, contributed to the intensity of the wine.