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2016 Roberts Road Vineyard Pinot Noir

For our series of vineyard designate wines, we’ve drawn small lots of fruit from the best of our estate vineyard sites.  Available in very small amounts, these wines showcase the extraordinary individual character of each vineyard’s terroir and clonal selections.

ACCOLADES

94+ Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2016 Pinot Noir Roberts Road Vineyard is a little reticent to begin, opening out to reveal incredible redcurrant, Bing cherries and lilacs scents with nuances of cinnamon stick, orange peel and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the  palate has an almost electric intensity of vibrant fruit, with a fine-grained frame and fantastic tension, finishing on a lingering mineral note.  — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

92 Points – California Grapevine

Medium-light ruby; attractive, red cherry and strawberry fruit aroma with herbal and spicy notes; medium body; elegant, red cherry fruit flavors with earthy and mineral notes, well-integrated oak, good acid balance, and a silky mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Initially a bit reticent, but developed depth and personality as it aired in the glass making it very enjoyable to drink now, though best to bottle age for a few more years. Very highly recommended.  — Nick Ponomareff

91 Points – PinotFile

Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry reduction and toasty oak lead off. Discreetly concentrated in a mid weight style, featuring flavors of purple berry, blackberry, pomegranate and spice flavors. Very suave on the palate with cashmere tannins and some finishing purpose. There is some alcohol warmth on the finish. A bit of oak characters persist even when tasted the follow day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle.  — Rusty Gaffney, MD

TASTING NOTES

The body is expansive, textured with velvet and silk. Aromatics and flavors are well-integrated showing freshly simmered strawberry jam, blueberry and bramble. The concentrated deep fruit notes are balanced with earth and minerals. A dash of warm spices leads into a long and focused finish.

Wine Details

Vineyard Source Roberts Road Vineyard
Clone Swan, 115, Pommard
Harvest Date 9/19/2016
Fermentation 5 day cold soak followed by daily punch-downs by hand.
Barrel Aging 33% new oak, medium toast. 16 months in Boutes Grand Reserve and Remond barrels.
Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.54
Total Acid 5.90 g/L
Winemaker James MacPhail
Cases Produced 64
Release Date May 2018
Retail Price $65.00

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THE 2016 VINTAGE

The 2016 growing season was welcomed with abundant and consistent winter rainfalls to replenish the earth and provide ample supply of water. Bud break arrived slightly early followed by April showers. Roberts Road Vineyard sits at the base of Sonoma Mountain at the far northern edge of the Petaluma Gap region. The fog from the ocean near Bodega Bay pours into this region first, and exits last. Therefore most of the day is spent in fog and clouds which produce extremely small berries and low yields.  The moderate temperatures promote long and even ripening with natural acidity balance and full, complex flavor maturity.  Our farming approach is low-impact, and in harmony with Mother Nature.  Harvest begins in the early morning hours during the coolest part of the day; with yields below average for this vintage.