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Date Printed: 6/27/2017
Sequana Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Sequana Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 101564)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
PinotReport rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 6/27/2017: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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 yeast. Other lots were fermented with yeast strains 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. James MacPhail focuses on gentle and traditional winemaking techniques.

Sundawg Ridge produces wines with a wide spectrum of rich aromas and flavors: wild berry, Bing cherry, cranberry, sweet spice and earthiness. This medium-bodied, layered wine has soft tannins, bright acidity and a lingering finish.

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About Sequana:

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 – from farming to winemaking. He understands Pinot Noir's temperament, its ability to convey the signature of each single vineyard and its preference for restrained, gentle winemaking. He makes his Pinot Noirs by hand in small batches, using cold maceration and native yeasts. "My goal is to express each vineyard’s personality," says James.