Petite Abeille Pinot Noir 2014
Situated in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast lies the Schreeching Owl Vineyard. The small, three-cloned Pinot Noir block, tended to by grower and winemaker Deb Mayo, produces a sensually complex yet elegant wine. Possessing a rich, ruby color with a slight pink rim, the aromatics are intense and fruit forward. Red fruit dominates leading with cherry and raspberry followed by spice, toast, and a bit of forest floor. The palate is silky in texture with ripe cherry coupled with notes of cranberry, rhubarb, and rose hips.
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.