Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006
Appellation: Sonoma Coast, Sonoma
Yield: 2.8 tons per acre average
Vine: 12 years average, alluvial sandy clay loan, irrigated
Clones: 777, Pommard, 115, Beringer
3 lots picked from Sept. 23rd to Sept.30th, 2006
Harvest Brix: 26 average
Hand harvested grapes — 100 % destemmed
Fermented in an open top 2-4 ton open-top fermenters
Cap manually punched down four times a day
3 days cold soak and 21 days total cuvaison average
Aged an average of 17 months in French oak barrels
30 % new oak from Tonnelleries Rousseau, Remond and Taransaud.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered on Feb. 1st, 2008
Bottle aged 4 months ● Released on July 1st, 2008
WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTS
The 2006 Sonoma’s North Coast harvest varied greatly within its sub-appellations. Our cool climate vineyards (Freestone and Petaluma Gap) kept the yields down and the acidity.
This vintage of our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir benefits from the addition of some of our Russian River Valley cuvee, and more than a hint of that appellation does show: on the lush base of bright red Sonoma Coast cherry and strawberry fruit, layers of dark cherry, Asian spice and orange peel add lovely complexity. Careful barrel aging provides delicious notes of baked goods such as cherry pie and ginger bread, as well as soft fine grain tannins and creamy texture. Enjoy!
145 cases of 750 ml «