Wine Data
Appellation:  Alexander Valley
Grape Varietal:  Pinot Noir 100%
Alcohol:  14.0%
pH: 3.6
TA:  5.9 g/L
Size:  750ml


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This is wine for true Pinot Noir lovers.

The Wetzel Family's Pinot Noir vineyard is planted along the banks of the Russian River; where the morning fog lingers and cools the vines.  The vineyard is planted to three clones:  Dijon 777, for  rich concentration and black fruit; Dijon 115, for soft tannins and perfume and Pommard, for color, dark fruit and spice.

The vines are trained using the Smart Dyson system trellising system - allowing us to control the vigor of the vine while giving us flexibility to adjust the trellising to the changing weather conditions during the growing seasons.  This ensures the fruit gets adequate sun exposure and keeps yields in check.

2017 was a vintage of contrasts.  Our ample rainfall in January and February allayed any discussion of drought, but winter rains were followed by a warm spring and many heat spikes throughout the summer until we began picking the Pinot Noir on August 29.

After the fruit was hand-harvested each lot was kept separate.  Clone 777 underwent a 48-hour cold soak and was tank fermented, while winemaker Kevin Hall placed the other lots in bins and mixed in dry ice for the first day in a technique known as cryoextraction.  The dry ice fractured the grape skins, leading to deeper flavor and color extractions from the fruit.  Fermentation was completed in half ton macrobins.

Our Estate Pinot Noir is classically styled with balanced acidity and complex flavors.  There are aromas of black and red cherry, plum, slight raspberry, vanilla and oak.  This is an earthy wine with silky texture and bright fruit flavors of fresh cherry, blueberry, plum, a s slight peachy stone fruit note and a hint of vanilla.  There is a long lingering finish on this lush wine.


2017:  90 points & Gold Medal “Exceptional - Beverage Testing Institute 
2017:  Gold Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition 
2017:  Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair & Hilton Head Wine & Food Competition
2017:  Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 
2016:  92 points - JamesSuckling.com 
2015:  92 points - JamesSuckling.com