In recent years, Goldrock Ridge has emerged as one of the most acclaimed vineyards on the Far Sonoma Coast. Located just 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean, it’s a true cool-climate site that yields a spectacular expression of Pinot Noir. Our 2015 vintage offers dazzling aromas of blueberry crumble, cocoa and spice. On the palate, brambly blackberry and licorice flavors are complemented by rich tannins and a lovely age-worthy structure.
This Pinot Noir has an attractive color that borders on fuchsia. Aromas of blueberry crumble meld with warm, toasty aromas of cocoa and spice. Brambly blackberry and licorice flavors fill the palate, and are complemented by rich tannins. With a lovely structure, this wine should age well over the next five years.
This vintage produced 22 barrels, 553 (9L) cases.
91 points "Year's Best Pinot Noirs", Wine & Spirits
“An ambitiously oaked wine with staying power, this has plenty of richness and weight for that oak to polish, but there’s also some fragrance underneath, hinting at citrus and persimmon, promising to add detail to the flavors with time. This grows at a vineyards in Annapolis, in the northwestern corner of the Sonoma Coast.” —Josh Green, April 2018
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
“This impressive wine is luxurious in candied strawberry, dark cherry and meaty game—a full-bodied expression of earthy goodness that stays within a varietal framework of lasting acidity. Lushly textured, its freshness is buoyant in orange citrus and cardamom seasoning.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018
Goldrock Ridge is located on the Far Sonoma Coast just 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the very northwestern part of the appellation near the town of Annapolis. The cool maritime breeze and proximity to the ocean provide optimal growing conditions for Pinot Noir. At 780 feet in elevation the vines sit above the fog layer giving them the warmth to fully ripen and develop flavors.
The 2015 vintage yielded a lower crop than average, yet very favorable overall growing conditions. The concentration and complexity of the wine this year is profound. The fruit came in the door pristine, ripe and luscious. We receive two distinct blocks planted to different clones, 777 and 828. The fruit from this vineyard was harvested by hand on September 5th, 2015.
The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. This wine was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels—36% new, 45% one-year-old and 19% neutral—which enhanced the deep color and broadened the palate of this lovely wine.