2019 Pinot Noir 750ml
Wine Data
Appellation:  Alexander Valley
Grape Varietal:  Pinot Noir 100%
Alcohol:  14.0%
pH: 3.65
TA:  5.3 g/L
Size:  750ml
Home Delivery Shipping Offer:  $1 per bottle + $1 order processing fee when you order a minimum of 2 bottles


Retail Price: $34.00
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.

Although the weather was a bit cooler than usual early in the 2019 growing season, there were no unusual temperature swings during bud break or flowering. The moderate temperatures continued through the summer, allowing the grapes to mature gradually. After 2018’s record setting crop size, 2019 swung back to an average yield. At harvest, the quality of the fruit was excellent with high acidity and intense flavors.

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. Ten months aging in French oak barrels complemented the silky texture of the wine.

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

2019:  92 points & Gold Medal - Los Angeles Invitational Wine Challenge
2019:  Best of Class - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2019:  Double Gold Medal & Class Champion   HLSR International Wine Competition
2019:  Gold Medal - Dan Berger's International Wine Competition 
2019:  89 Points - James Suckling