After 30 years as an acclaimed Napa Valley vintner—Jayson Pahlmeyer sought out the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards in the world. He found it at Fort-Ross Seaview on the Sonoma Coast. The vineyard was first discovered by Helen Turley and planted by David Abreu. The vineyard is extraordinary and unforgiving–30 undulating acres hidden beyond rising fog and redwoods on a remote reach of the Sonoma Coast.
Helen Turley and her husband, viticulturalist John Wetlaufer, brought Jayson to the farm to survey the site and, for Jayson, it was an epiphany: the cool sea air tempering the brilliant sun, the Goldridge soil casting a dusty glow on the dirt road and the weathered bones of wooden fences marking off the undulating fields—a thick forest of redwoods to the east and fog-blanketed bluffs to the west. Jayson instantly sensed that this secluded place held all the essential elements to produce exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Helen declared it destined to be “the La Tache of California” as Jayson claimed the land for his own.
JD97 Leading off the Pinot Noirs, the 2016 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard was completely destemmed and spent 15 months in 45% new French oak. It offers a bright framboise, cranberry, exotic flower, and spice-driven bouquet that carries to a medium-bodied, silky Pinot Noir that has everything in all the right places. Showing more floral, spice, and forest floor with time in the glass, incredible tannin quality, and a great finish, it’s certainly on par with the single parcel/clone driven releases.
WE95 This estate-grown beauty is succulent and supple, with a tense body of bright wild strawberry, crushed rock, dried lavender and Asian spice. Robustly rich and deeply layered in flavor and texture, it finishes in a gorgeous dabble of white pepper.
Winemaker Notes: This deep, harmonious Pinot Noir, a cuvée of 11 clones, comes from our estate vineyard on the rugged Sonoma Coast. In the glass, the wine is a dark red hue edged with purple. Aromas of black cherry, strawberry and fresh cranberry mingle with hints of violet, lemongrass and cedar. The red and black fruit intensity carries over onto a juicy, plush palate with bright acidity and supple, well integrated tannins.