2018 PINOT NOIR
Wine Data
Appellation:  Alexander Valley
Grape Varietal:  Pinot Noir 100%
Alcohol:  14.0%
pH: 3.6
TA:  6.8 g/L
Size:  750ml

2018 PINOT NOIR

Retail Price: $34.00

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; Dijon115, for soft tannins and perfume and Pommard, for color, dark fruit  and spice.

The vines are grown using the Smart Dyson trellis system, allowing us to control the vigor of the vine while giving us flexibility to adjust the trellising to changing weather conditions during the growing season.  This ensures the fruit gets adequate sun exposure while keeping yields in check.
   
The 2018 growing season began a bit cooler than the past few vintages, but we had a near perfect fruit set.  Summer temperatures were moderate with relatively few heat spikes.  The cooler temperatures and mild weather led to a longer hang time, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly.  Harvest began on September 10 and the fruit had excellent flavors and balanced natural acidity.

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 extraction 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, strawberry, vanilla oak and a touch of cola.  This is an earthy wine with silky texture and bright fruit flavors of fresh cherry, raspberry, plum, a slight gamey edge and a hint of vanilla.  There is a long lingering finish on this lush wine.  

ACCOLADES:

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