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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Sequana Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
Sequana Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 104928)
boutique wine
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2007 PinotReport rating: 92 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 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.

A lively bouquet of rose and sandalwood accompany complex red fruit: plum, cherry and wild strawberry. Layered, balanced and full-bodied, the wine finishes with length and finesse.

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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.