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2017 Rodgers Creek

Pinot Noir
Petaluma Gap
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About this Wine

The grapes for this Pinot Noir came from Rodgers Creek, which is perched at an elevation of 1,000 feet overlooking the city of Petaluma near the Rodgers Fault. This rugged, west-facing site benefits from rocky volcanic soils, and the steady cooling winds that flow through the Petaluma Gap.

Library Selection

92 Points

“Tangy, edgy acidity underlies the buzzing core of this structured, high-toned wine from the new appellation. Stony mineral and crisp, crunchy red fruit defines its mediumbodied frame of complex tannin integration and graceful finish.”
Virginie Boone
Wine Enthusiast , May 2020
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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Rogers Creek Pinot Noir is an elegant wine with enticing aromas of cranberry relish and candied cherry. The entry is youthful and lively, with bright acidity and flowing tannins that add poise and balance to the tart red berry notes. A lovely underlying structure hints at this wine’s potential to evolve beautifully in the years to come.

Accolades
  • 92 Points: Virginie Boone Wine Enthusiast - May 2020
  • “Tangy, edgy acidity underlies the buzzing core of this structured, high-toned wine from the new appellation. Stony mineral and crisp, crunchy red fruit defines its mediumbodied frame of complex tannin integration and graceful finish.”

Winemaking

The fruit for this wine was sorted and 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. After 10 months of aging in French oak barrels, 50% of which were new, we bottled the wine on August 14th, 2018.

Vintage

The 2017 vintage followed a cool, very wet winter. The soils were moist and rich and required extra meticulous care with cover crop management and canopy management. There was a heat spike at the end of August that sped things up. The heavy winds that keep this vineyard cool did their job as we were able to give the grapes a few more weeks on the vine after the heat. Our block of Rodgers Creek is planted to the Pommard clone. The grapes were harvested by hand in the cool, early morning hours of September 15th, 2017.

Vineyard

The grapes for this Pinot Noir came from a vineyard called Rodgers Creek, which is perched at an elevation of 1,000 feet overlooking the city of Petaluma. It lies near the Rodgers Fault, which it is named after. This rugged, west-facing site benefits from rocky volcanic soils, and the steady cooling winds that flow through the Petaluma Gap.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 14.1%
  • cases made:

    6 Barrels
    127 Cases

  • bottling date: 08/14/2018
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak, 50% new

  • fermentation:

    Gently desteemed into open-top fermenters; three day cold soak; cap management included pump-overs & punch-downs

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