Peter Michael, Ma Danseuse, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2013, Magnum
| ABV 14.4%
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Ma Danseuse, or 'My Dancer,' is named for Lady Michael by Sir Peter, in honour of how they first met. Situated between 1,200 and 1,400 feet above sea level on steep mountain slopes, the vineyard faces east and north-east. It benefits from both the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean over the ridges to the west and the mild sunny mountain climate. The soil of the vineyard is a composite of clay, silt and volcanic gravels, which gives polished tannins, body and a hint of graphite-mineral. The Ma Danseuse is the most feminine of the trio of Pinot Noir vineyards in Fort-Ross Seaview.
2013 began with a dry spring and mild temperatures, very similar to the previous vintage. With the exception of one heat spike in late June, summer temperatures were consistently optimal, resulting in notably healthy vines. From veraison to the harvest, a long Indian summer contributed to the exceptional quality of the vintage. Sunny days, followed by cool evenings allowed for even, slow ripening, giving berries with amazing fruit intensity and a classic varietal profile. Ma Danseuse charms with a nose of roses, raspberry, Griotte cherry, strawberry, forest floor and a subtle note of violet. Delicate, fragrant, complete and refined, 2013 Ma Danseuse has on the palate a wonderful concentration of red fruits, red rose blossoms, with subtle notes of Asian spices, hazelnut, mineral and pheasant fur, which embraces a silky texture and lingering aromatic finish. It will continue to express its potential for two decades.