2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
The Sonoma Coast has distinguished itself as one of the world’s leading regions for top quality Pinot Noir. This is primarily because of its climate, which is the single most influential factor determining the potential quality of fruit.
Usually spring begins around late March and continues with generally pleasant weather into May. This allows for a healthy and timely bud break. There is very little rain between mid-May and mid-October, and temperatures are moderate, very rarely getting into triple digits. A long, dry, cool season is ideal because it allows grapes to ripen slowly. Slow ripening extends hang times, which in turn intensifies flavors without spiking sugars or dropping acids, both of which can occur with excessive heat.
Make no mistake, this is pretty cool climate for grape growing. We’re concerned every year that the fruit will ripen before rains start in late October/early November. In some years, getting it ripe is certainly a challenge, but that’s why this area produces such fabulous fruit.
September 23, 2013
august 8, 2014
100% French Oak
NOSE: Trim and spicy, with a tight band of blueberry and wild berry with floral scents.
earthy, minerally notes, blackberries and red cherries. Medium weight with spicy chili pepper on the finish.
2013 was another banner growing
season in Sonoma County and
the Russian River Valley was no
exception. With an earlier start
than usual, the 2013 vintage in
Sonoma County was spectacular
and the Russian River Valley was
no exception. A mild spring with
little rain allowed for a good
bloom and fruit set. This set us
up for a high quality, bountiful
crop. A warm summer with cool
nights with no heat spikes created perfect growing conditions for the grapes, allowing for even ripening and maturity. The fruit was able to take advantage of long hang time, resulting in the rich flavors and textures and an elegant combination of balanced acidity, proper sugar levels and complex fruit flavors.