2013 Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard
Winemaker Notes The 2013 Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard bottling showcases dark blackberry and plum aromatics with baking spices and floral notes. Great depth and purity characterize this expressive fruit-driven wine highlighted by layers of mouthwatering cherry and raspberry followed by cardamom, crushed rock and savory herbs.
Winemaking Data This special Pinot Noir bottling was created from two blocks within our Quarter Moon Vineyard, planted to a clonal mix of Calera, clone 90 and clone 96. The fruit was hand-sorted in order to choose the best whole clusters for fermentation. Tanks were fermented with 37% whole clusters for more spice, texture and tannin structure. 25% of the blend was fermented in oak open-top fermenters, lending a rich, full mouthfeel to the finished wine. Gentle punch downs were performed during fermentation until the desired taste and texture was achieved in each tank.
Vintage Notes The 2013 Sonoma Coast growing season proved to be another excellent year. The season began with a dry, mild winter followed by light spring rains and warm weather giving way to early bud break and veraison. Minimal morning coastal fog led to sunshine-filled afternoons throughout the summer ripening months setting the stage for an early harvest. Grapes received ample time for even, full maturity with harmonious sugar and acid levels. The wines produced from the 2013 vintage are balanced and concentrated with classic fruit structure.
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This is a 100% estate wine from the producer's cool-climate sites near the town of Freestone. Black pepper and a nutty entry invite one in to explore further, this wine having many stories to tell as it develops. Soft and mellow, it's also feral and funky, with a strong essence of mushroomy forest floor. -VB (2016)
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Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Quarter Moon Vineyard.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 4-7, 2013
Aging/Cooperage 13 months in 47% new and 53% two-to three-year-old French oak barrels before bottling.