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2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (1 X 750 ML)
Perry Ranch, farmed by the Dutton Family, is in the headwaters of Green Valley Creek, on a gently sloping, well-drained, south-facing exposure. The vineyard offers fruit that profits from a long, cool hang time resulting in outstanding color and extraction. Green Valley is one of the smallest appellations in Sonoma County and lies within the southwestern part of the Russian River Valley appellation. Nobles Vineyard, in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, produces Pinot Noir with vibrant red berry flavors and a supple, layered texture. The vineyards are on the eastern slopes of the second mountain ridge in from the Pacific Ocean, between 950 and 1,050 feet above sea level. Horseshoe Bend Vineyard, leased by the Davies and managed by Art Robledo, sits at the summit of the ridgeline above the town of Occidental. At 700 - 800 feet elevation, itâs situated above the fog bank of the Russian River and gathers enough warmth to ripen the Pinot clusters.
The long growing season in 2018 revealed a vintage with structure and concentration without being overripe. Despite a warm February, the growing season started off cooler than the past few vintages. A cool spring meant bloom lasted longer than usual, which resulted in a bountiful crop. Summer temperatures were moderate with fewer heat spikes than in recent years. Veraison started later as well, and as a result, harvest started two to three weeks later than in recent years. The result was fruit exhibiting fully mature, sweet tannins, with outstanding color and brightness.
The 2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir engages with aromas of rose petals, brambly berry, black cherry and raspberry with touches of vanilla and chocolate-cherry. The intensely juicy palate features delicate berry and black raspberry, accentuated by a driving acidity with espresso and cherry cola on the finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies