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2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Part of our Appellation Series of wines, the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a limited signature appellation bottling, offering a hallmark style of balance and power, capturing the soul of a region and are crafted with meticulous attention to detail.

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. As warmer days arrived, the vines thrived in steady and mild summer temperatures. Our vineyards bask in the generous daytime sunlight and a predominantly maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay which brings cool temperate fog and afternoon breeze. These moderate growing conditions 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

Aromatically this wine is a bowl full of juicy berries and a bouquet of fresh violets, tea leaves and jasmine. Bright bing cherry flavors dance with cranberry, rhubarb, and blackberry; interwoven with Asian five-spice and vanilla. This bright ruby wine is medium-bodied and firmly structured.

Wine Details

Vineyard Source 40% Roberts Road, 40% Fedrick, 20% Amaral Vineyards
Clone Pommard, 115, 667, 777, Swan
Harvest Date Amaral and Fedrick on 9/3/2016 and Roberts Road on 9/19/2016
Fermentation 5 day cold soak followed by daily punch-downs by hand.
Barrel Aging 30% new oak, medium toast. 16 months in Cavin Aphrodite, Francois Frere and Boutes Grand Reserve barrels.
Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.60
Total Acid 6.10 g/L
Winemaker James MacPhail
Cases Produced 215
Release Date May 2018
Retail Price $60.00

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