Marimar Estate - 2016 "Método Antiguo" Pinot Noir, Doña Margarita Vineyard

Marimar Estate - 2016 "Método Antiguo" Pinot Noir, Doña Margarita Vineyard

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Marimar Estate

  • Winery located in Sebastopol, CA with tastings by appointment only
  • Produce ~15,000 cases per year across Albarino, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

2016 "Método Antiguo" Pinot Noir, Doña Margarita Vineyard

  • 326 cases produced
  • 100% Pinot Noir from their estate vineyard
  • 12 months on 1/3 new French Oak

Método Antiguo (Mae-toh-doh Ahn-tee-gouo) means 'old method' in Spanish and it refers to the old-style method used to produce this bottling of Pommard clone: whole-cluster fermentation takes place mostly within the berries and allows most of them to remain unbroken. It's important to ensure the stems are mature to contribute a silky mid-palate sensation.

Tasting Notes:
This bottling displays complex aromas of black cherries and blueberries, orange peel, roasted chestnuts, and clove contributed by the stems. On the palate it is brambly, very varietal, savory, with plush tannins and a seamless finish that ensure a long aging potential. Its complexity and perfectly integrated oak and fruit augur a long life — at least another 10-15 years. I would recommend serving it at cellar temperature, between 58-60°F.