2018 'Live Free or Die' Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2018 'Live Free or Die' Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2018 'Live Free or Die' Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

“LIVE FREE OR DIE” is a phrase best known as the New Hampshire state motto and first uttered by New Hampshire Revolutionary War hero General John Stark who wrote, “Live free or die, for death is not the greatest of evils.” This commemorative wine was first created by vintner, philanthropist and University of New Hampshire alum Peter Paul. Sourcing grapes from a select number of fine Russian River & Sonoma vineyards, Peter has said, “I wanted to make a wine that would resonate with the spirit of New Hampshire and also celebrate the creation of the new school.” This bottling was the culmination of painstaking barrel selection over many months during which Martin and Jamey 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.

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.

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

$25 750ml