2007 Pinot Noir, Pastorale Vineyard
Winemaker Notes The inaugural release of our Pastorale Vineyard Pinot Noir comes from possibly the best Pinot Noir site in the Freestone estate just adjacent to the winery. This special cuvée is comprised almost entirely of Calera selection grapes that were whole-cluster fermented in one of the winery’s new oak open-top fermenters. The whole clusters add spice, texture and complexity that are not present in wines that are entirely destemmed. This seductive wine contains aromas of rich earth, sweet tobacco and sour cherry reduction, followed on the palate by the silkiest of tannins, along with vibrant acidity.
After an unusually dry winter, the onset of bud break appeared early. The overall growing season was moderate and relatively even, with a few heat spikes in early summer at berry set, which assisted the vines towards veraison of smaller berries.
Harvest got off to an early start when warmer weather arrived in mid-August, and Chardonnay suddenly caught up. Pinot Noir harvest began on September 6th and then unseasonably cool weather followed in mid-September which slowed the season tremendously, creating a second harvest of sorts. The growing season was already extended due to early bud break in the spring, and with the cooler weather, hang time continued for Pinot Noir and some Chardonnay.
91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full red. Musky raspberry, minerals and milk chocolate on the nose, with spicy/herbal evidence of stems. Deep and sweet but a youthfully tight, conveying and impression of power and minerallity. There's a distinctly wild aspect to the red berry flavors. Tannins are firm but in harmony with the wine's fruit. (May/June 2010)
90 Points - Burghound
An ever-so-slightly riper nose that also resembles extract of Pinot but without the herbal nuances, merges seamlessly into fresh, vibrant and delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess good dry extract that confers a velvety and mouth coating texture to the lingering and harmonious finish. This is lovely and offers a bit more depth than the Sonoma Coast but not quite the length. (Apr. 2010)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Pastorale Vineyard.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 25, 2007
Aging/Cooperage 15 months in 67% new and 33% two-to three-year-old French oak barrels before bottling in April 2009.