Tasting Note: A beautiful garnet color, this 2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir opens with a bouquet of dried strawberry, Marion berry, cherry crisp and a hint of forest floor. Bright and tart flavors of cranberry and pomegranate spread across the palate and are nicely complemented by notes of red currant and rosehip. This medium-bodied wine has balanced acidity and a finish that lingers.
Food Matching: Pair with roasted bone marrow or duck, breast with a cherry reduction.
Grape variety: Pinot Noir 100%.
Climate: The Russian River Valley has a characteristically cool climate, heavily affected by fog generated by the valley's proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The area is known for its success with cool climate varietals, notably Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
Geology: The geography of the Russian River Valley was shaped millions of years ago by collisions between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates and eruptions by volcanic vents that deposited volcanic ash over layers of eroded bedrock. This created sandstone of loam known as "Goldridge soil". Some of the area's most respected Pinot noir and Chardonnay vineyards are planted along deposits of Goldridge soil. Near the town of Sebastopol, a different soil that is more clay based, known as "Sebastopol soil" has also shown itself to work well with Pinot noir due to its ability to retain less water than Goldridge soil. This soil was created by water flowing off the Sonoma Mountains that carried with it clay deposits. A third soil type, found close to the river, is predominately alluvial and makes up the benchland regions of the river.
Harvest: Hand harvested.
Vinification: Destemmed and fermented with skin contact, then barrel aged sur lie for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels.
Aging: 100% French Oak, 15% new oak for 16 months.
Residual sugar: 0.66g/L.