2020 Assiduous Pinot Noir 'Volkmann Vineyard'
Santa Cruz Mountains, California
100% Pinot Noir from the Volkmann Vineyard. The grapes were hand harvested at 23° Brix. During the fermentation 25% whole clusters were used and the rest was de-stemmed. Indigenous yeasts and bacteria carried out both primary and secondary fermentations. The wine was aged on lees in French oak barrels, one of which was once used giving it just a kiss of oak.
Tasting Notes: Medium red/purple hue. Primary scents of plum, cassis, and anise fill the nose. Secondary scents of rhubarb pie and eucalyptus linger in the background. Overall, the wine is quite supple on the palate with a push and pull feeling of creaminess and savory flavors. This wine falls into the quaffable category.
TA- 5.8 g/L
RS- 0.08 g/L (bone dry)
Malic- 0.05g/L (fully completed)
About Assiduous Wines
Winemaker and vineyard manager Keegan Mayo was born in Hawai’i and raised in Santa Cruz, and produces minimal intervention, food friendly wines with a real sense of place. His first introduction into the wine industry was working for a few summers at Split Rail Vineyard in Corralitos. He graduated from UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Program in 2008. While attending school he spent a harvest with Mumm in Napa as a cellar hand and grape sampler. In 2009, he spent the vintage with Church Road Winery in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, before settling into a nearly nine year tenure with Testarossa Winery, where he eventually became the Assistant Winemaker. He only produces wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains.