Kutch Wines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2007
It has been a challenge for the winery to locate and secure such sites, causing its production to grow at a slow but steady pace. Once the fruit is harvested, it is handled with the utmost care, sorted meticulously and moved only by gravity. Kutch takes great care not to over-manipulate wines in the callar -- aiming to provide the purest expression of Pinot Noir from a particular place and time. This minimal interventionalist style of wine-making is reflected in the winery's use of indigenous yeast and its minimal acid adjustments -- with the absence of any color enhancing agents.
All punch-downs are literally done by the bare hand or by feet. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine is gravity flowed into French oak barrels, where it remains unmoved while aging sur lie (on the fine lees). The wines are never racked until the winemaker is ready to bottle, nearly 16 months after harvest. Kutch wines express all of the natural greatness of their vineyard origins.
A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity.
Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”