2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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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.


Vintage 2013
Varietal Pinot Noir
Harvest Date September 23, 2013
Acid 7.2
pH 3.42
Aging 10 months
Fermentation Tank
Bottling Date august 8, 2014
Alcohol % 13.4
Production Notes 100% French Oak 17% new
Production 303 cases
Tasting Notes NOSE: Trim and spicy, with a tight band of blueberry and wild berry with floral scents. PALATE: earthy, minerally notes, blackberries and red cherries. Medium weight with spicy chili pepper on the finish.

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Other Notes 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.