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Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide

2021 The Loch

Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
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About this Wine

Combining decades of winemaking mastery, with our long history on the Sonoma Coast, The Loch is our consummate Pinot Noir blend, artfully crafted from our best blocks and barrels of wine. Equally complex and energetic on the palate, it reveals a velvety texture that carries the flavors to a creamy, luxurious finish that is profoundly satisfying.

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95 Points

“Crafted from the best blocks along the Sonoma Coast, The Loch is French-oak aged and a blend of 20 barrels. Expanded notes of espresso and fennel offer a savory, mouth-coating quality. Plum and spiced blueberry link to an earthy middle, but it’s the lilting notes of blue flowers that promote this wine to take flight.”
Meridith May
The Tasting Panel, May 2024
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Tasting Notes

The 2021 The Loch is what we call a “smooth criminal.” There is a foundation of earthy Pinot Noir aromas with energetic fruit aromatics layered on top, offering stunning notes of black cherry, plum, and black currant. The entry is smooth and balanced, with the palate providing equally impressive complexity and depth, with floral notes of lilies and soft, ripe dark fruit flowing to a round, lush, and lasting finish.

Accolades
  • 95 Points: Meridith May The Tasting Panel - May 2024
  • “Crafted from the best blocks along the Sonoma Coast, The Loch is French-oak aged and a blend of 20 barrels. Expanded notes of espresso and fennel offer a savory, mouth-coating quality. Plum and spiced blueberry link to an earthy middle, but it’s the lilting notes of blue flowers that promote this wine to take flight.”

  • 91 Points: James Suckling JamesSuckling.com - November 2023
  • “Aromas of red cherries, raspberries and lavender followed by grapefruit zest and blanched almonds with underlying green notes. Medium-bodied, silky and juicy tannins with crisp acidity. Polished and refined. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”

  • 90 Points: Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
Winemaking

The grapes were hand-harvested and gently destemmed into small one-ton fermenters to preserve the style of each vineyard and clone. After a three-day cold soak, fermentation began and lasted about three weeks. The wines were then put straight to French oak barrels as free run. After 10 months of aging, in 20% new and 20% one-year-old oak, we blended the 20 barrels of The Loch into tank and then changed what barrels the wine went back into. It was then aged an additional six months in 30% new French oak and 15% one-year-old oak until The Loch was deemed aged to perfection and was bottled on March 1, 2023.

Vintage

The 2021 vintage delivered a moderate and consistent growing season for most of Sonoma County, leading to a smooth, easily manageable harvest. While the continuation of drought conditions led to slightly reduced yields, the overall quality and concentration of the grapes was exceptional. The grapes for our 2021 The Loch came from many of the sources for our single-vineyard offerings. Day Ranch, Klopp Ranch, Thale’s Vineyard, Dutton Winkler Vineyard, and Nightwing Vineyard are all represented. All grapes were lovingly hand-harvested between August 28 and September 16, 2021.

Vineyard

Combining decades of winemaking mastery with our long history on the Sonoma Coast, The Loch is our consummate Pinot Noir blend, artfully crafted from our best blocks and barrels of wine. “Our goal is simple, but not easy,” says Winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen. “We search our cellar for our most beautiful wines of the vintage—stirring wines that sing on the palate. Then we begin blending.” Like a secret code unlocked by our winemakers, The Loch embodies everything that we know about making great Pinot Noir. We named our pinnacle Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blends The Loch and The Key, both as a nod to our founder Steve MacRostie’s Scottish heritage and to his early experiences as a U.S. Army cryptographer in Europe.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 14.1
  • cases made:

    525

  • bottling date: 03/01/2023
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in 20 different barrels: 30% new, 15% one-year-old

  • fermentation:

    Gently desteemed into small one-ton fermenters, keeping lots separate; three day cold soak.

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