This Pinot Noir has an attractive garnet color with a bouquet of raspberries and cream. The barrel influence complements these elements perfectly, while providing hints of cedar, chocolate and a touch of vanilla. The palate is as intense as the aromas, with big, rich tannins on the entry and generous layers of lush, mouth-filling fruit. This is a standout wine, with the promise of a long life ahead.
The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of the 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 10 months in French oak barrels, with a modest 25% new oak, and 30% once-filled French oak. The nuanced oak influence enhances the deep color and broadens the palate of this lovely wine, which was bottled July 26, 2019.
The 2018 growing season began with warm winter weather, before things turned cool and rainy in February, which prevented an early budbreak. While the rains continued, things warmed up again in March, providing ideal nutrients and growing conditions for the vines. From June onwards the weather was lovely and temperate, with sunny days and cool nights ensuring excellent flavor development and acid retention in the grapes. As harvest drew near, the weather turned warm providing a final push to ripeness. This diverse vineyard is planted to the classic Dijon clones: 115, 777 and 667. It also has unique heritage selections from the famed Flowers and Calera vineyards. Our sections of Putnam were picked October 2, 2018, and the final blend includes all five clonal selections to create a complex expression of Putnam Vineyard.
Putnam Vineyard is located just 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean on the far Sonoma Coast, near the town of Annapolis. There, cooling fog and maritime breezes create just the right amount of stress on the vines to provide optimal growing conditions for Pinot Noir.