2013 Pinot Noir
We source our fruit from vineyards Sonoma and Napa Carneros Appellations. The 2013 vintage is from the Ricci and Iund Vineyards in Carneros, 777,115 and Martini heritage clones. Carneros is known for its cool climate and high rainfall relative to other parts of Sonoma County and is the best area to grow Burgundian style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The wind and fog that come through the Petaluma Gap create this micro-climate. The “Gap” is actually a wind gap named after a coastal mountain opening that stretches east from the Pacific through the town of Petaluma and then south to San Pablo Bay through the southern portion of the Sonoma Coast AVA and the western side of the Carneros. Los Carneros is north of San Pablo Bay and crosses Sonoma and Napa Counties. The proximity to cool fog and breezes provides a cooler climate making it perfect for cooler climate varietals like Pinot Noir. The Carneros area was the first wine region in California to be defined by its climate characteristics rather than political boundaries.
Our 2013 Pinot Noir is evenly split between the Ricci and Iund vineyards. The Ricci fruit provided the backbone structure and richness of the wine while the Iund fruit offered beautiful bramble berry flavors and acidity. This year’s vintage shows delicate scents of violets, dried cedar, red raspberry, candied cherry, pepper and clove. The palate expresses bright spicy red raspberry, rainier cherries, cranberry and warm spices. The wine texture is pretty and ethereal at first giving way to a fuller round and immaculately clean mouthfeel. The wine finishes with intense lingering blackberry and plum flavors. This is a mouth filling and juicy balanced wine.
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The Chardonnay comes from the Berry Lane Vineyard in the Coombsville appellation in Napa Valley. This is the newest AVA in Napa, number 16, and was established in 2011. Coombsville sits under the foothills of Vacas Range in the shadow of Mt. George and has gravelly loam and rocky volcanic soil. Given its proximity to San Pablo Bay, it gets fog cover that burns off later so can be 10 degrees cooler than other Napa areas. This allows for long slow ripening which results in better acidity.
Beautifully vivid orange blossom and white peach aromas are married with delightful notes of lychee, Asian pear, and honeyed tropical fruits. This wine is fresh and of medium weight with bright acidity. It’s lithe at first, opening up to reveal flavors of white peach, citrus and underlying notes of minerality. The wine has smooth, well-integrated oak and great mouth feel.