2017 Pinot Noir, Pastorale Vineyard
Winemaker Notes Perfumed aromatics of red and black fruit, dried herbs, potpourri, cardamom and forest floor. A lengthy entry fills the senses with ripe cherry and raspberry with notes of tangy cranberry for a wine of balanced acidity, subtle tannin structure and layers of silky texture.
Winemaking Data Highlighting favorite blocks within our Pastorale Vineyard, the 2017 vintage showcases Calera and Clone 777 from three separate blocks. Clusters were hand-sorted in order to separate the best for 35% whole cluster fermentation, lending complex spice notes, structure and texture to the finished wine.
Vintage Notes The 2017 Sonoma Coast growing season saw much needed record-breaking winter rainfall which helped replenish our groundwater and the vines. The moderate start to the season helped the vines return to a more traditional mid-March bud break, followed by a normal bloom period and summer growing season. Overall, 2017 was warm due to summer heat spikes and an accelerated ripening just prior to picking. The Pinot Noir fruit from our Pastorale Vineyard developed concentrated red and black fruit characteristics with balanced tannin structure.
97 Points - Antoni Galloni, Vinous
The 2017 Pinot Noir Pastorale Vineyard is a total knockout. Fresh, vibrant and light on its feet, the 2017 dazzles with its striking purity and breathtaking balance. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red berry fruit, anise and blood orange all infuse this fabulous Pinot Noir. Imagine a wine with the aromatics of red Burgundy, the fruit intensity of California Pinot and the acid/tannin feel of Nebbiolo, and that's pretty much what the Pastorale is all about. It is also the finest Sonoma Coast Pinot I have tasted yet from Joseph Phelps. In a word: magnificent! (May 2019)
96 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This estate-grown wine is creamy smooth on the palate, the tannins silky and elongated. Wild strawberry, dried herb and cardamom accent a thick, densely rich mid-palate of structured power with length and undeniable grip. Ultimately, the acidity wins out, balancing it all. -V.B. (Sept. 2020)
93+ Points - Erin Brooks, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2017 Pinot Noir Patorale Vineyard aged 13 months in 52% new French oak and was bottle a week before I tasted it. It has a medium ruby color, and although shy to begin, it gives was to broody aromas of perfumed earth and cardamom with a core of black cherries, black berries and red fruits with tone of floral accents. Light to medium-bodied, it has lots of latent ripe fruit in the mouth, with lovely earth and perfume accents, frames with a silky texture, great freshness and a long, layered finish. Give this time! (Apr. 2019)
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Slightly deeper colored, the 2017 Pinot Noir Pastorale Vineyard offers more marine notes and salinity as well as notes of red currants, forest floor, tart cherries, and leafy, dried flowers. It's beautifully textured, has bright acidity, and is going to benefit from short-term cellaring. (Jan. 2020)
95 Points - James Suckling
Aromas of dark cherries, spices, iron, rust and dried fruit follow through to a medium to full body, bright acidity and a bright and intense finish. Racy and intense. Drink and hold. (May 2019)
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Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Pastorale Vineyard.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Aging/Cooperage 14 months in 52% new and 48% two-year-old French oak barrels.