2014 Sonoma Coast ~ Pinot Noir ~ 750 ml
Brilliant ruby in color, this wine has a refreshing nose of cranberry and strawberry fruit with secondary spice and rose petal notes as the wine opens. On the palate, sweet and tart cranberry flavors build to an impressive red berry mid-palate that's framed by bright acidity and toasty barrel notes. The acidity is well-balanced giving the wine a smooth drinkable mouthfeel and impressive length.
Our Sonoma Coast wine changes with each vintage as we often try out new vineyards which allows us to explore different flavors. We blend with others for a unique blend each vintage. Those that are exceptional stand out and are considered for our single vineyard designate program. In this year, we have only one vineyard, from the Petaluma Gap, in the finished wine. We hope you enjoy!
We have carefully refined our winemaking techniques in a way that defines our unique Pinot Noirs, separating the grapes by clone during fermentation and aging. This gives us many more blending options. We cold soak the grapes two to three days before adding several different types of yeast, cultured specifically for Pinot Noir. During the seven to twelve days it takes to ferment, we hand-punch each fermenter, sometimes as often as five or six time a day to ensure that the temperature doesn’t get too warm. Once the juice is fermented, we press the fruit and move the wine into Francois Frères French oak barrels, and then age for 11 months before bottling.
11 months in Francois Frères French oak, 1/3 new, 1/3 1 year-old,1/3 2 year-old