2018 Gravenstein Highway Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

2018 Gravenstein Highway Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

2018 Gravenstein Highway Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Sourcing grapes from several fine sites, including the Frere vineyard in Russian River and the famed Terra de Promissio in the Petaluma Gap, this bottling was the culmination of painstaking barrel selection over many months during which we sought to achieve a balance between aromatic purity, medium-bodied complexity, and a refreshing bright style of Pinot Noir. Minimal racking during its 14-month maturation in 20% New French Oak; bottled unfined in December 2019.

Side note: you might notice the sleeker, leaner bottles for Gravenstein this year. We’ve moved to lighter, thinner glass to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the movement and transport of our finished wines.

Tasting Notes: The heart of this Pinot Noir remains in the Russian River, albeit on the cooler side of the appellation, which shows a gracefulness and pristine red fruits. The Terra de Promissio component shows up with its hallmark chiseled, savory features. Those aromas however... goodness, it’s like “strawberries gone wild” at the time of this writing (1st half of 2020), along with crushed rose petals and cinnamon. There’s a gentle freshness on the palate, with more earthiness than the nose suggests; the red fruits here being framed by sous bois, mineral, and an underlying fabric of powdery tannins. This vintage is quite similar to 2017, but with even more striking aromatics and brightness in its step. Variety: 100% Pinot Noir Appellation: Russian River ~80%, Petaluma Gap ~20% Maturation: 100% French Oak, 20% new, 14 months Bottled Date: December 2019 Production: 542 cases (12 x 750ml) Retail Price: $32/bottle

$32 750ml