2017 Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir

Anderson Valley Ferrington Vineyard
RELEASE PRICE $65 Past Release

Winemakers Notes

Deep in color, the 2017 Ferrington offers a sense of mystery. The aromatics showcase concentrated red fruits, dried flowers, and a punch of zest. With aeration, savory notes […]

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Technical Notes

TA 0.60g/100mL
pH 3.44
Alc. 14.1%
Barrel Description 64% new, 36% 1 yr.
Barrel Aged 16 months
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Winemakers Notes

Deep in color, the 2017 Ferrington offers a sense of mystery. The aromatics showcase concentrated red fruits, dried flowers, and a punch of zest. With aeration, savory notes of fennel and thyme emerge. The large clonal diversity of Pinot Noir planted at Ferrington yields multilayered, complex wines. Red fruit and acidity offer juiciness and focus to this wonderfully balanced wine and subtle hints of bergamot tea are found on the finish.

Harvest Notes

It was an auspicious start to the 2017 growing season with steady rain followed by dry spells which allowed for the soil profile to fill up progressively. The waterworks kicked into high gear in January at which point over 20 inches of rain had accumulated. That’s nearly double the historical average. 2017 was epic in many respects and at one point the Russian River waters touched Westside Road and the winery was waterfront property! As the waters receded and the soil dried up, temperatures moderated, and bud break ensued by mid-March. Steady rain through the vegetative cycle was balanced with days of brilliant sunshine which helped to grow green, healthy plants. The weather was very fine in May for the flowering period and ideal for the fruit set. As the season progressed there were periods of heat that occurred with some regularity. With plenty of water in the soil profile, the plants did not stress too much and physiological maturity continued at an accelerated pace. Due to the diversity in our vineyard sources, there is normally a natural spread in the pick dates. However, in 2017 there was compression of the harvest and many of the vineyards were ready in a short period of time. The process was nearly complete by the time the intense Labor Day heat wave hit and, thankfully, had concluded before the devastating wildfires in October. Through a Herculean effort in the vineyards and at the winery we were able to pick the grapes at the optimal time and preserve the freshness and acidity of the vintage. The consequent wines show a refinement to the tannin structure which will allow for early consumption but will age gracefully with mid-term cellaring. Through and through, the 2017 is an excellent vintage.

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Reviews & Scores

94 Points


The 2017 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard is another absolutely gorgeous wine in this range. Pliant, racy and succulent, the 2017 has so much to offer. Sweet red and purplish berries, spice and lavender open up first, with a kick of bright blood orange-infused acids that perk up the flavors. Soft curves and ripe, silky tannins make the 2017 impossible to resist. This is such a gorgeous wine. A.G.

91 Points

California Grapevine

Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, deep, fairly intense, cherry and red berry fruit aroma with floral notes and hints of dried herbs, baking spices and mocha; medium body; richly layered, red fruit flavors with bright acidity, hints of raspberry liqueur, and some plushness in the mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable now, though deserves several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 91

92 Points

Wine Spectator

Mouthfilling flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and blackberry are supported by medium-grained tannins and bright acidity. The finely textured finish offers sandalwood notes and hints of cream, as well as minerally accents. Drink now through 2024. 844 cases made. –KM

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