2017 Terra De Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast Terra de Promissio Vineyard
RELEASE PRICE $65 Past Release

Winemakers Notes

This offering is a vibrant ruby red color. Terra de Promissio always hits notes of red fruit reminiscent of red cherry, cranberry, and hints of pomegranate. The perfume […]

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Technical Notes

TA 0.68g/100mL
pH 3.37
Alc. 13.3%
Barrel Description 61% new, 39% 1 yr.
Barrel Aged 14 months
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Winemakers Notes

This offering is a vibrant ruby red color. Terra de Promissio always hits notes of red fruit reminiscent of red cherry, cranberry, and hints of pomegranate. The perfume is beguiling and lures the senses into further study which reveals notes of bergamot and hints of earthiness. Citrus flavors open on the palate and convey the red fruits and tea-like tannins. While already very well-rounded on the palate, this wine will benefit from mid-term aging.

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 Terra de Promissio Vineyard is a wine of exquisite nuance. Bright and delineated, the 2017 shows the more understated side of the vintage off to great effect. Everything is in miniature in a Pinot that speaks with a quiet, reserved voice. And yet, it's all there. Bright and vibrant, the 2017 will drink well for many years to come. A closing flourish of red-toned fruit and floral overtones add to the wine's allure. A.G.

93 Points

Wine Advocate

Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Terra de Promissio Vineyard features cinnamon stick, rose petal, tangerine peel and potpourri aromas with warm blueberries, black berries and boysenberry fruit. The palate is light to medium-bodied with lovely perfumed fruit, grainy tannins and juicy freshness, with a long, nuanced finish. 611 cases produced. Anticipated maturity: 2019 - 2028.

98 Points

Wine Enthusiast

Sultry aromas of rose and lavender carry the nose of this earthy, coastal wine. Flavors of wild raspberry, strawberry, blood orange and rhubarb weave around crisp, seamless acidity. Light in style, it is complex and beautiful. —V.B.

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