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2013 Clone 828 Pinot Noir

2013 Clone 828 Pinot Noir
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This is our encore introduction for Clone 828. First released in 2006, it was a knock-out. It has taken us this long to find another vineyard of this quality. And it is less than a mile from our Estate Vineyard, right in our neighborhood!

Of all our current wines, this is the most like Burgundy in character. It leads with those wonderful aromas the French call "savage" (pronounced sah-vahj') or "animal" (ah-nee-mahl'). It literally means, "untamed", and is an aroma I covet in Burgundy and Pinot Noir, when I can find it. In this case it is delicate and beautifully balanced with the red fruit scents. I describe it as "wet sex". 

Tasting Notes:

It delivers with many layers, leading with red fruits like pomegranate and fresh cranberry that you expect from the Sonoma Coast. The mid-palate is loaded with minerals and earth tones. It eases gracefully to the back where white pepper and other exotic spices carry on into a long langorous finish that lingers for minutes.

Vineyard and Winemaking Notes

Fermentation Method:
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.

Barrel Program
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.
Single Vineyard/Single Clone! A Sonoma Coast Star!!
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SKU: HK82813
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
Vineyard Designation