About This Product
The wines from this Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyard, for the past few years, have not only felt quite masculine, exotic, and wild to me, but also stony. Minerals are a large part of the nose and the attack. In 2009, I made this wine using a bit above 25% whole cluster. Simply because the fruit was so lovely and perfectly ripe that I wanted intact clusters in the ferments.
Medium to dark red in colour, this Momtazi begins with cassis, sandalwood, a hint of dewy rose petal, a whiffs of savoury herbs like marjoram, incense, and sweetgrass-all around the minerality. Like a stony garden in evening, perhaps high in the mountains, rarefied, air, but somewhere where one smells incense, and exotic spices. It is a bigger Pinot than my 2009 Maresh- it has a density, a presence, a feeling of waiting, a strong calm. The mouth is rather rich in dark red fruits and hints of spice, and though there is a certain lushness, it is a bit aloof. There is play in this wine, and a feeling that is kaleidoscopic, or moving while still. It feels precise but fills the palate. The finish stays.
$40.00 / Bottle
6 October 2009 for the Momtazi Vineyard 115 and 114, planted in 1998
Barrels: about 14% new and 90% once-filled and multiple-use French forests (mainly Nevers, Bertranges, and Chatillon medium toast) custom-made by cooper Rick DeFerrari.
Bottling Date: 25 August 2010
Cases Produced: 163
Release Date: spring 2012