WSI93+ A rich aromatic nose followed by ripe strawberry jam juice, notes of dry herbs and a seductive savory brightness. Lots of structure, depth and the promise of a long evolution.
Being from Napa, I needed some introductions to vineyards in Sonoma where I live with my family. A very good winemaker friend of ours stepped up vouching for us and helped us to obtain Pinot Noir from one of the most sought after and prized vineyards in Sonoma. The vineyard is located in the hills of southwestern Sonoma. This very special site is influenced by the pacific ocean to the west and the San Fransisco bay to the south. The well drained soils are derived from volcanic parent material, and is very gravelly, and rocky. We received two clones of pinot noir from the very well farmed site. Clone 115 known to be one of the only pinot noir clones to make stand alone quality wine, and the Swan clone, which is very aromatic.
As we all remember ,we had a big winter proceeding the 2017 season. The big event was the heat wave just at harvest . The grapes from our 2 pinot blocks were very close to ready and they suffered significant dehydration. What was important in terms of quality was to extend the picking as far as possible after the heat to allow the grapes and vines to recover. The brix got as high as 27. However when we finally picked just before the next heat a week later the brix had dropped to 24 and 23.5 respectively.