2018 Sonoma County Pinot Noir

Club Price: $17.60
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93 points (2017 vintage)
James Suckling

Our Pinot Noir has sumptuous flavors of raspberry, dark chocolate, and lilacs, with subtle hints of vanilla and toasted oak.

Sonoma County is one of the finest regions for growing world-class Pinot Noir. The Clines were early pioneers in southern Sonoma County planting Pinot Noir vines almost 20 years ago. The location that Fred Cline selected benefits from a coastal mountain opening that spans from the Pacific Ocean, through the town of Petaluma and on to the San Pablo Bay. In summer, vines experience foggy mornings and cooling evenings balanced by sun-drenched warm afternoons. These growing conditions allow the fruit to hang longer, fully ripen and mature which adds bright acidity and intense flavors.

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Grapes were destemmed and pumped directly to stainless steel fermentation tanks. We rely on indigenous yeast to begin fermentation. The cap of grape solids was pumped over two times a day to extract color and flavor, then pressed shortly after dryness. The wine settled in a stainless steel tank, then racked and aged for 5-10 months on 40% new French medium toasted oak, in addition to a small amount of American and Eastern European oak.

Wine Type
Red Wine
Pinot Noir
Sonoma County
Harvest Date
September 7-24
5.9 g/L
5-10 months
Alcohol %

Tasting Notes & Pairings

A silky, lilac and red berry scented bouquet with flavorful layers of raspberry, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla and toasted oak