Nose

Red and black cherry are balanced with forest floor and briar notes.

Palate

Balanced acidity complement a full midpalate with flavors of earth and light brown spice.

Growing Conditions

Sitting above the morning fog at 240 foot elevation, only twelve miles from the Pacific ocean, the vineyard showcases Goldridge soil. Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in 2000 and sustainably farmed, Sundawg Ridge Vineyard has become an exceptional site that produces fruit with incredible depth and sous bois qualities. An off season with more rainfall than recent years led us into a warm spring. A cool summer was followed by a mild finish to the growing season causing the final ripening to happen at a steady rate and the quality of the grapes to be very high. Clones: 76% Pommard, 24% Dijon 115/Calera cofermentation Appellation: Green Valley, Russian River

Winemaking

The fruit arrived in bins at sunrise after a night pick. Each block remained seperate from the sorting table through to the small, open-top fermenters. Total tank-time (cuvaison) was 13 days - the first 5 being a cold soak.

Aging

11 months in 20% new French Oak.