Our 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was sourced from McDougall Ranch, Putnam Vineyards, Gap's Crown and Rodgers Creek. These vineyards are sustainably farmed.
The 2008 growing season started cool and dry, carrying over the drought effects from 2007. The dry weather continued into April when a number of frosts followed by a warm, breezy bloom combined to create a small and intense crop of berries. Summer weather was mild and temperatures rarely exceeded 90°F. The notable lack of fog enabled the grapes to develop intense color and tannin quickly. The smaller crop size combined with warm late summer temperatures pushed harvest dates earlier than expected. With this vintage we were able to strike a fine balance between aromatic and flavor development on the one hand and retention of fresh acidities and firm tannins on the other.
The fruit was harvested during the cool early mornings then immediately sorted and destemmed. Whole clusters were added to open-top fermenters. The must underwent a seven-day cold soak to gently extract the grapes' delicate flavors and color. Each clone from each vineyard was fermented separately to allow the greatest expression of each site. The cap was punched down every six hours to further extract color and aroma. Following fermentation the free run juice was drained and the wine was gently pressed off the skins. The wine was aged for 13 months sur lies in 100% French Burgundy barrels, 40% new.
"A very fine Pinot Noir that shows deep, impressively ripe flavors of raspberry and cherry tart, red currant, licorice and Asian spices, with a rich coating of smoky oak. It’s entirely dry, and has a brisk scour of acidity. Seems best now and for the next few years."
"A ripe yet cool and fresh nose that, like the Anderson Valley cuvée, is very pinot
in character introduces rich, delicious and relatively generous medium-bodied flavors that possess fine depth and length.
While there is a trace of back-end warmth, it's not enough to really compromise the balance. Very solid quality. 90/2014+"