2014 Hillside Cuvee Pinot Noir
Our Sonoma Coast blend is a counterpoint to our Three Sons Cuvee, Russian River Valley, displaying an apt comparison to these neighboring growing regions. It leads with red fruits like pomegranate and fresh cranberry, with hints of raspberry, but delivers bright minerality and a crisp mid-palate. Rich and elegant, It finishes in white pepper, lingering for many minutes.
Garnet color, jewel like in its transparency, color and brilliance. Leads with aromas of cherries, including a hint of spice, cinnamon, pepper. The wine delivers
with a full frontal assault, however delicate and refined. The red fruit combines with the spice, then delivers an earthiness, even minerality, on the mid palate that fills the
mouth. There’s long lingering finish of both black and white pepper, trailing with fruit notes.
Grapes were picked before sunrise, hand sorted and de-stemmed then cold soaked for five days before going through whole berry fermentation and receiving two punch downs per day. Fermentation took approximately 12 16 days in an open top five ton fermentation tank and the wine was then racked to barrels.
30% new French Oak, 30% one year old French Oak and 40% older. Wine remained in barrel for ten months with one racking at five months during blending.