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2016 Roberts Road Vineyard Pinot Noir

For the Single Vineyard Designate series, 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.

The Vineyard

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.

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 lead 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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