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Three Sticks PFV Estate Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • RP92
750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

We are ecstatic to share with you the first Price Family Vineyard (PFV) Estate Pinot Noir! An all-star blend of our estate vineyards from the Sonoma Coast, this wine is an exciting expression of our home sites. Comprised of fruit hailing from our Walala Vineyard on the far north of Sonoma Coast, our windy Gap’s Crown Vineyard on, the coastal side of Sonoma Mountain in the Petaluma Gap, Dupont Vineyard nestled in the redwoods of Sebastopol, along with our founding site, Durell Vineyard. This coastal Pinot Noir is our presentation of classic cooler climate fruits. The nose bursts from the glass with a fresh blackberry core, and exotic spices of pink peppercorn and cardamom. Consistently bold throughout, this wine has a well-balanced structure and prized concentration.

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CG 95
Connoisseurs' Guide
Deep and defined, ripe cherry fruit is joined by a lovely touch of crème brûlée sweetness and subtle rose-petal notes in the very attractive and gradually expanding aromas of this involving opus, and the wine follows with very rich and well-composed flavors that are every bit as impressive as the nose. Full, slightly supple and hinting at varietal velvet to come yet firmed by a fine spine of structural tannins, this is a complete Pinot Noir that, for all of its immediate appeal, warrants a bit of time in the cellar. Those willing to wait will not be disappointed.
TP 93
Tasting Panel
A rich blend of fruit from the Gap's Crown, Walala, and Durell vineyards with notes of ripe cherry and sweet vanilla oak; complex with a tangy style and lasting finish.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Pinot Noir PFV Estate is pale to medium ruby-purple colored with a nose of crushed red currants, red cherries and raspberry leaves with touches of tilled soil and wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with generous red fruits, supported by seamless freshness and silken tannins, finishing long and minerally
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Three Sticks, California
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Three Sticks Wines is a boutique, family-owned winery led by veteran winemaker Bob Cabral. Cabral's commitment to crafting small-lot, artisanal wines from exceptional Sonoma Coast vineyards, including Durell Vineyard, Gap's Crown Vineyard and Walala Vineyard, drives the winery's focus of creating site specific wines. Founded in 2002, the winery is named for owner William S. Price III's surfing nickname, "Billy Three Sticks," assigned to him in his youth as reference to the Roman numeral that follows his name. Three Sticks has a down to Earth approach to growing and winemaking, they believe in table fellowship as the power of wine to bring people together.

Bill and Eva Price are lovers of Sonoma’s grapes and rich history. The Vallejo-Castenada Adobe (built in 1842) was built by Captain Salvador Vallejo, brother of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the Commandante Generale of the northern territory of Mexico (modern day Sonoma). The Prices purchased the property in 2012 and embarked on a two-year preservation project. The Three Sticks team worked with Sonoma historians and the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation to restore and protect the fabric of the property. They commissioned San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk and his team to design the ambience of the Adobe, as it is known locally. The historic landmark in downtown Sonoma is now home to the hospitality of Three Sticks.

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Sonoma Coast

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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.

The Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah. The wines have high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and balanced ripeness.

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Pinot Noir

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

In the Glass

Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

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