2017 Sonoma County Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley Appellation Blend
RELEASE PRICE $39 Past Release

Winemakers Notes

Bright and lively, the nose shows off aromas of fresh strawberry and raspberry. Anise, fennel, and a touch of lavender belie the fresh fruit character. Flavors of cranberry […]

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Technical Notes

TA 0.56g/100mL
pH 3.61
Alc. 13.9%
Barrel Description 55% New, 19% 1 yr., 23% 2 yr., 3% 3 yr.
Barrel Aged 10 months
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Winemakers Notes

Bright and lively, the nose shows off aromas of fresh strawberry and raspberry. Anise, fennel, and a touch of lavender belie the fresh fruit character. Flavors of cranberry and strawberry mix with citrus notes of bergamot, adding depth and intrigue. The palate is broad and refined with a finish of Earl Grey tea. Great for early consumption with simple preparations of duck or a seasonal mushroom duxelles on toasted brioche.

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

87 Points


The 2017 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) is a tasty entry-level offering in this range. Floral overtones, hard candy and bright, red cherry fruit are nicely delineated in a light to mid-weight Pinot that is best enjoyed over the next few years. A.G.

90 Points

Wine Advocate

The 2017 Pinot Noir Sonoma County has a pale to medium ruby color and nose of soft red cherry, cranberry and strawberry preserves with notes of cinnamon stick, dried leaves and potpourri. The palate is light to medium-bodied and softly fruited with fine, grainy tannins and good freshness on the spicy finish.1,624 cases produced. Anticipated maturity: 2019 2024.

98 Points

Wine Enthusiast

This is a perfumed and seductive wine made from a range of sites across the county. Fresh acidity is seamlessly integrated between textured layers of black cherry, forest floor and cardamom. The overall experience is balanced and undeniably beautiful. Editors’ Choice. —V.B.

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