Pinot Noir specialist James MacPhail has complete control over the creation of Sequana's single-vineyard wines. Grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted, then cold-soaked prior to fermentation to maximize flavor and color extraction.
In small open-topped tanks, each block was fermented separately, using primarily
native yeasts. Other lots were fermented with yeasts unique to each individual lot. Hand punch-downs extracted and elevated the Pinot Noir flavors and the wine was aged sur lie in French oak barrels for 11 months.
Inviting aromas of dark rose and lavender complement the wine's plush, round texture. Full flavors of warm spice, cranberry and cherry last through the long, fruit-filled finish.
About the Vineyard
The sustainably-farmed Dutton Family Ranch is located on gently sloping hillsides in the cool Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Three separate two-acre blocks are planted on well-drained Goldridge soils atop ancient sandstone marine terraces. The eight-year-old vines were planted with specifications on vine density, slope and direction, allowing exposure to both morning and afternoon sun. Four unique clones of Pinot Noir enhance the intrinsic complexity of this single-vineyard wine. The Dutton family has played a pivotal role in shaping the wine quality of the Russian River Valley.
"James MacPhail makes three vineyard-designated pinot noirs at Sequana, including this one from Dutton Ranch. It balances floral spice with the cool red apple-skin fruit flavor of Green Valley pinot. The lasting impression is clean, the clarity lent by earthy tannin. Substantial enough to serve with duck roasted with cherries."
Wine & Spirits
"Firm, intense, concentrated and complex, with ripe plum and cherry fruit that's full-bodied, a bit raw and grainy but concentrated, ending with tight tannins. Drink now through 2015. 1,300 cases made."