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2017 Terra de Promissio

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About this Wine

Located in the Sonoma Coast, Terra de Promissio’s Pinot Noir is heavily influenced by the Pacific Ocean, and the winds that come in from the Petaluma Gap each day. This Pinot Noir leaps out of the glass with floral aromas and expressive layers of lush red fruit.

Library Selection

94 Points

“From the famous Petaluma Gap site, this light-bodied, elegant wine is fresh and rich in baked strawberry, forest and dried herb. Lengthy in savory spice and black tea, it has structure to spare, with firm, supple tannin and integrated oak.”
Virginie Boone
Wine Enthusiast, May 2020
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Tasting Notes

This gorgeous wine exudes floral aromas and expressive layers of lush red fruit. The palate is rich, with ripe red cherry notes and flavors of violet, cocoa, and coffee. The tastes and textures from the new French oak meld beautifully with the floral and red cherry flavors, and the finish is creamy and long. While there is a lovely subtlety to this Pinot, it leaves a lasting impression.

Accolades
  • 94 Points: Virginie Boone Wine Enthusiast - May 2020
  • “From the famous Petaluma Gap site, this light-bodied, elegant wine is fresh and rich in baked strawberry, forest and dried herb. Lengthy in savory spice and black tea, it has structure to spare, with firm, supple tannin and integrated oak.”

  • 90 Points: Kim Marcus Wine Spectator - May 2020
  • “Very crisp, with leafy accents to the dried red fruit and spice flavors. Hints of cinnamon emerge midpalate, revealing a finish that lingers with cocoa powder accents. Drink now through 2023.”

Winemaking

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. Because of its exceptional structure and richness, this particular blend was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, with 47% new oak. It was bottled on August 14th, 2018.

Vintage

The 2017 growing season was a wet one. We had almost double the historical average of rain, and the vines were lush with a saturated soil profile. The weather was ideal in May during flowering giving a healthy fruit set. The growing season progressed with abundant sunshine and warmth, making the 2017 vintage an early one for Pinot Noir. Most of our Pinot Noir was picked and fermented before the second week of September. The grapes for our Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir came from one block of the vineyard, planted to Clone 777. The grapes were harvested by hand in the cool early morning hours of September 14th, 2017.

Vineyard

Terra de Promissio, or “Land of Promise,” is the realization of the Karrenfamily’s dream to build a home and raise their family on a site where they grow world-class grapes. Located near Petaluma, amid postcard-perfect rolling hills, their vineyard has attracted the attention of several esteemed winemakers. Located in the Sonoma Coast Terra de Promissio’s Pinot Noir is heavily influenced by the Pacific Ocean, and the winds that come in from the Petaluma Gap.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 13.60%
  • cases made:

    17 Barrels, 452 Cases

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

    Aged 10 months in French oak, 47% new

  • fermentation:

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

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