Peter Michael, Ma Danseuse, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2017
| ABV 14.5%
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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.
2017 was cooler and wetter than previous vintages, a welcome relief after five years of drought. However, a warmer than normal early summer followed by a cool September allowed the grapes to gradually reach perfect ripeness. The vintage produced rich, fruit forward Pinot Noirs that will show well young, but which possess the structure to age. Balanced and refined the 2017 Ma Danseuse has a wonderful concentration of delicate red fruits, red rose petal, cloves, vanilla, hazelnut and a mineral driven finish. The tannins are well integrated and the texture silky. The wine is approachable now, but will continue to develop for two decades.