Our 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of eight vineyards: Gap’s Crown, Griffin’s Lair, Kanzler, Pfendler, Spring Hill, Terra de Promissio, Thorn Ridge and Walala. Most of these are located in the southern portion of the Sonoma Coast appellation and lie directly in the path of the Petaluma Wind Gap’s Pacific Ocean cooling and the maritime influence of the San Pablo Bay. The outlier, Walala Vineyard, is located in the northwestern coastal reaches near Annapolis. The wines from the Petaluma Gap region are rich, voluptuous and structured with dark black and blue fruit, deep texture and broad structure. The wines from Walala are red fruit driven with clean earth, a slight spice, elegant structure and a complex core.
The wine shows focused black cherry, ripe currants, and blueberry in the nose, followed by intense blackberry. In the background there is a dusting of cocoa nibs and cassis.
The 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir first shows dark fruits that focus on the center of the palate then steadily permeates into all areas of the mouth. The focused acidity, balanced with gripping tannins, carries the rich dark fruit character toward the mid-palate, followed by lush black cherry and sealed with ripe currants. Flavors are slowly released from the wine showing a rich complexity of flavors, textures, ending with a long seductive finish.