Rodgers Creek Vineyard is well-suited for Pinot noir, sitting high on a ridge in the heart of the Petaluma Gap and taking the full brunt of wind and thick fog that defines this cool climate zone. Sojourn's blocks within the vineyard are western-facing with broad sun exposure. In the warm 2012 vintage, this exposure to the elements was a key factor in allowing the grapes to hang and achieve complex flavors and ripe tannins. The resulting wine is a fabulous expression of the vineyard site and unique soils. It is a showy wine - very expressive and forward, with smooth textures and a lingering finish. Familiar aromas of mushroom and soy overlay layers of red fruit flavors, earth and hints of rosemary.
"Deep ruby color; bright, ripe cherry aromas with earthy notes; complex, deep, bright cherry flavors with earthy, forest floor notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep complex Pinot with great structure. "
"Sojourn’s dark ruby-hued 2012 Pinot Noir Rodger’s Creek Vineyard comes from a site located in the icy cold Petaluma Gap region. Completely made from clone 777, and fermented with 100% stems, it exhibits notes reminiscent of cherry pie, plums, cranberries and a hint of wild strawberries. It cuts a broad swath across the palate, but it does not reveal a lot of weight, tannin or forcefulness. This beautifully rich, pure Pinot Noir offers abundant notes of cloves, apple skins and cherries. Displaying a striking similarity to a top premier cru from Burgundy, it can be drunk now and over the next decade.
The Wine Advocate
"Silky and smooth with bright cherries and cranberries and savory notes of spice and earth; elegant, pure and classic."