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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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."
Sequana Single vineyard Pinot Noir wines from Green Valley of Russian River Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands are named in honor of Sequana, the Franco-Roman goddess of the River Seine, which flows through the ancestral birthplace of Pinot Noir.
Winemaker and Pinot Noir specialist, James MacPhail, has complete control over the creation of Sequana's limited production wines -...Read More About Sequana
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...Read More About Russian River
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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