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A ruby core of medium-intensity gives way to a nose that is seductive and reminiscent of the ruggedness of Sea View Ridge: wild huckleberry, morels, cinnamon, lavender and sage. The palate is soft and inviting with verve and a perfect balance between fruit expression and crushed-stone earthiness. A silky, fine-grained tannin structure, derived from whole cluster fermentation, graces a long and complete finish.
2012 began with beautiful days and cool nights before the first winter storm moved on shore later in the month. Consistent rainfall from winter through late April helped firmly establish the cover crop and replenish vital nutrients to the soil. May was a beautiful month of sunny days that lead to a healthy, vibrant canopy. One final rainfall occurred over Memorial Day weekend but then gave way to stable and reliable weather for the entirety of bloom in early June. We gained a firm idea of the fantastic fruit set by the third week of June, which was welcome news after the previous two challenging vintages. The remaining summer months were consistently warm and clear leading to the start of harvest on August 31st. The long growing season contributed to an excellent concentration of flavors. The dry and consistently warm temperatures allowed us to make pick decisions that were optimal in every case and to complete harvest in a deliberate and measured manner.
Sourced entirely from our Organic and Biodynamically farmed Sea View Ridge Estate Vineyard. Given the extremes of this site, including elevations of 1,400 to 1,875 feet, each small block ripens at its own pace. As former seabed, the soils here on the ridge tops are shallow and rocky with a mix of volcanic soils in the lower blocks and broken sandstone and shale higher up which naturally reduces yields. Blocks 1 thru 3 and 29 thru 35 — consisting of Dijon 777, Dijon 828, Calera, and Swan clones — formed the primary source for the final blend. Planted in 1998, these older vines produce fruit with layers of complexity and wines with exceptional natural acidity
All fruit (90% de-stemmed, 10% whole cluster) was hand-picked and rigorously hand sorted prior to going directly into small open-top fermenters for a cold soak at 50 degrees for 9 days prior to native fermentation and followed by an extended average maceration period of 25 days. The cap was kept moist by daily gentle punchdowns by hand. Afterward, wine was drained and cellared in 100% French oak, 30% new, for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered before bottling.
|Varietal||100% Pinot Noir|
|Vineyard||Sea View Ridge|
|Aging||Cellared in 100% French Oak, 30% new, for 15 months|
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“True to the site.” – Chantal Forthun (June 2017)
This is an intriguingly light, lean and savory wine, true to its extreme Sonoma Coast provenance. The color and texture tip one off to its ethereal nature, a blend of shy cranberry, rhubarb and exotic spice. The long finish highlights the flavors and freshness.
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