2013 Pinot Noir, Pastorale Vineyard
Winemaker Notes Aromatic ripe berry, fresh cut herbs and smoked meat nuances mingle with a complex dark fruit palate dominated by blackberry, blueberry, wild black cherry and black currant. Richly textured layers of baking spice and racy minerality culminate in an elegant, lingering finish.
Winemaking Data This special bottling from our Pastorale Vineyard came from four specific blocks along a tightly spaced, sloping hillside section of the vineyard planted to a mixture of Calera and clone 777. Fruit was hand-sorted in order to choose the best whole clusters for fermentation. Tanks were fermented with 35% whole clusters for added spice, texture and tannin structure. 25% of the blend was fermented in oak open-top fermenters, lending a rounder mouthfeel to the finished wine. Daily punch downs were performed in each tank until the desired taste and texture was achieved.
Vintage Notes The 2013 Sonoma Coast growing season proved to be another excellent year. The season began with a dry, mild winter followed by light spring rains and warm weather giving way to early bud break and veraison. Minimal morning coastal fog led to sunshine filled afternoons throughout the summer ripening months setting the stage for an early harvest. Grapes received ample time for even, full maturity with harmonious sugar and acid levels. The wines produced from the 2013 vintage are balanced and concentrated with classic fruit structure.
93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2013 Pinot Noir Pastorale Vineyard is bright, precise and lifted. Rose petal, cranberry and cinnamon notes abound in a super expressive, crystalline Pinot endowed with fabulous detail and nuance. (Feb. 2015)
94 Points & Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
Splashes of high acidity and contoured minerality mark this estate-grown wine with a sinewy, fresh palate that's inviting and exotic. The defining characteristics are a pleasant mix of roses, soy and forest floor. Dark cherry and pomegranate lie beneath the more savory aspects, ultimately leaving one with an appreciation for how velvety a wine can be. -V.B. (2016)
90 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2013 Pinot Noir Pastorale Vineyard used a slightly higher percentage of whole clusters and offers dark raspberries, sweet and sour cherries, and beautiful, fragrant aromatics with a hint of wild blueberries as well. This looks to be a successful 2013 that should drink nicely for 7-8 years. -RP (2015)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Pastorale Vineyard.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates August 30 - September 12, 2013
Aging/Cooperage 13 months in 55% new and 45% two- to three-year-old French oak barrels before bottling.