2007 Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard
Winemaker Notes The Quarter Moon Pinot Noir expresses the true coastal characteristics of its site, which is in close proximity to the ocean and influenced by the fog and cool breezes that pass daily. The aromas boast blueberry, cassis and violet notes, while the palate is loaded with concentrated blackberry reduction, tobacco and spice. The partially destemmed clusters provide velvety tannins and a spicy black tea component that would not be present if the clusters had been completely destemmed.
Winemaking Data This unique, limited-production wine was crafted at harvest by partially hand-destemming a ton of grapes into a one-ton open-top oak fermenter. The tank was then treated as a whole-cluster fermentation, receiving gentle punch downs.
Vintage Notes 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.
91-93 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Another lovely effort is the 2007 Pinot Noir freestone Vineyard Quarter Moon. Notes of raspberries, black cherries, underbrush, forest floor, and spice are found in this wine along with excellent density, medium to full body, and excellent acidity as well as equilibrium. It should easily last for a decade. (Dec. 2008)
93 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full red, not as bright as the Sonoma Coast bottling. Pungent nose combines cherry, dark berries, violet, cola and a whiff of gingerbread. Suave, silky and light on its feet, but with a creamy richness to the flavors of black raspberry, brown spices, licorice, fresh herbs and flowers. Finishes with suave tannins and a captivating note of candied flowers. (May/June 2010)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Quarter Moon Vineyard.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 7-12, 2007
Aging/Cooperage 15 months in 67% new and 33% two-to three-year-old French oak barrels before bottling in April 2009.