With a lovely light ruby color and enticing aromas of cocoa, red currant, fig and bramble, this wine beautifully embodies its cool-climate roots. On the palate, it is impeccably balanced, with an inviting entry offering flavors of plum, red berries, cola, button mushroom and earthy minerality. Displaying both supple tannins and bright acidity, this is a wonderfully versatile wine for pairing with array of cuisines.
The majority of the grapes were destemmed into small-lot fermenters to capture the uniqueness of each site. About 15% of our fruit was fermented with whole clusters to add fruit aromas and rich complexity to the final wine. Following a two-week fermentation on the skins, the wine was drained and put into French oak barrels for ten months of aging. While 33% new French oak was used to accentuate the structure and color of the wine, and to add mid-palate richness, we took care with the new oak and toast levels to not overwhelm the delicate aromas of this fine coastal Pinot Noir. Bottling took place on August 31, 2020.
2019 was a remarkable growing season for most of Sonoma County, with ample winter rainfall creating wet soils and cool temperatures that delayed budbreak in some areas. Spring and summer brought moderate to slightly above-average temperatures, with late-May rains slightly delaying flowering, while helping to produce the smaller, looser clusters that produce extremely flavorful and concentrated wines. Grapes were harvested by hand between September 4 and September 25, 2019.
The grapes for this Pinot Noir came from a handful of top vineyards throughout the Sonoma Coast AVA, with a focus on some of the finest sub-appellations within the region. The blend includes grapes from our Thale’s Estate Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley, Dale Ricci’s Vineyard in Carneros, Noble Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap, and Wohler Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Due to the cool coastal influences that shape the climate at all of these vineyards, they produce amazing Pinot Noir. At the same time, the diversity of these sites creates the foundation for complex aromatics and beautifully layered flavors in the final blend.