The 2017 Flowers Pinot Meunier is a unique presentation of sun-dried cherry, roasted herbs, cracked black pepper and minerals that’s asking to be taken seriously alongside its headliner sibling. This is the smallest production wine we offer – only 150 cases made in 2017 – and it remains a rare treat for the adventurous palate.
The 2017 growing season began with sustained rainfall throughout January and February, replenishing soil nutrients and resulting in healthy, vigorous vines. In total our vineyards saw 80″of rain, a welcomed sight after five years of prolonged drought. Steady weather led to budbreak in mid-March, a return to normalcy compared to prior years. A summer of gradual warmth indicated a textbook growing season until July, when we experienced a period of sustained warmth. August delivered much-needed cooler weather, allowing the clusters to develop complex flavors while maintaining their signature acidity. Unpredictable spells of extreme heat throughout September created challenges for many vineyards, however our dry-farmed vines were perfectly suited to thrive in the conditions. Cooling marine air arrived just in time to bring our vineyards to ideal harvesting conditions as our 2017 growing season came to an end.
Sourced entirely from our organic and biodynamically farmed Sea View Ridge Vineyard. Give the extremes of this site,including elevations of 1,400 to 1,875 feet, each small block ripens at its own pace. e soils on the ridgetops are shallow and rocky with a mix of volcanic soils in the lower blocks and broken sandstone and shale higher up which naturally restrains yields. is Pinot Meunier was sourced exclusively from Block 19, where the slope is so steep that the vines are terraced and soils are shallow, rocky and heavily influenced by volcanic intrusions and high iron content. Planted in 1998, these Pinot Meunier vines produce fruit with layers of complexity and wines with exceptional concentration and natural acidity.
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The 2017 Pinot Meunier Sea View Ridge is one of the most unique wines being made in the Sonoma Coast. Sweet cherry, plum, dried herbs, mint, licorice and rose petal all run through this nuanced, beautifully layered, savory red. I very much like the depth and phenolic focus here.
The 2017 Pinot Noir Seaview Ridge is pale to medium ruby with aromas of lush black cherries, baked cranberries, orange peel, warm dusty earth and rhubarb with hints of Earl Grey tea and a lovely spicy undercurrent. Very spicy in the mouth, it’s light to medium-bodied and silky with seamlessly woven grainy tannins and a long, nuanced finish.
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