96 Points | North Coast Wine Competition
Double Gold | North Coast Wine Competition
92 Points | Harvest Challenge
Gold Medal | Harvest Challenge
An energetically juicy Pinot Noir sharing aromas of fresh lifted raspberry, and light sandalwood. Vibrant flavors of black cherry frame a viscous mid-palate, trailing into a snappy acidity on the finish.
We began our 2019 harvest before dawn on August 30. After a growing season that started in winter with record rainfall, the year ended with warm, even temperatures throughout summer. With few spikes in heat over the period, our vineyards had optimal conditions. Spring rains ended in time for good fruit set. The temperate summer allowed for long hang times and consistent, even ripening. We picked the majority of our fruit in September and the weather continued to cooperate. Warm breezy days, but fortunately no rain took place in October and the last of the grapes were harvested before the end of the month.
We source the fruit for this wine from vineyards in the Sonoma Coast region of the county. Due to the proximity, to San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the Sonoma Coast area experiences many cool and foggy days during the summer months, resulting in small yields of flavorful fruit with balanced acidity. This wine showcases distinct varietal character and supple features and texture.
This Pinot was fermented using a combination of techniques, fusing both old and new world styles of winemaking. Each vineyard lot undergoes a slow 14-day ferment, with an extended maceration for up to 30 more days to allow flavor and texture to harmonize. The wine is then racked off into French oak barrels, 30% new, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation naturally. The wine is aged for 15 months before bottling.