2018 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir
October 1, 2018
Aged 16 months in French oak (55% new barrels)
The long 2018 season packed even more lusciousness into our Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir. Woodsy aromas of redwood trees frame the wild brambly berries on the nose, with notes of dried cranberry and darker black tea providing a sweet and savory backdrop. The mouth has that great quality of being super rich yet not at all heavy, brimming with cherry, blackberry and raspberry. Dried thyme and rhubarb add layers of interest to the berry bowl. An extended finish echoes the bold yet elegant blackberry and forest floor essence of the wine.
We started sourcing fruit from the Annapolis area of the Sonoma Coast in 2013, and have enjoyed the fruits of our labor ever since. Putnam Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard nestled in the extreme Sonoma Coast, about six miles from the ocean. With a cool climate and high annual rainfall, the growing season is long and the grape maturation slow. The 32-acre vineyard is just above the fog line and sits among giant redwoods native to the area. The gravely soil and deficit irrigation creates stressed, naturally low yielding vines, which produce thick skinned fruit, small berries, and concentrated flavors. The wines from the area have beautifully developed tannins and a soft, plush texture.
The fruit was hand sorted and gently layered into two open top fermenters. The must was cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigat¬ing harsher tannins. The fruit is punched down between 1 and 3 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation, and character of the lot. Two of our favorite barrels chosen accentuate the innate depth and richness of the fruit. The Seguin Moreau Icone barrel adds a smoky mushroom while the Taransaud barrel fills out the middle with its classic richness. The wine is racked in March 2019 to blend barrel flavors and clarify then put back to barrel to soften the rich tannins before bottling in March of 2020.
Food Pairing Notes
Dishes that incorporate mushrooms or herb rubs would make great partners, as would roasted chicken with crispy bacon or veal chops with a chorizo stuffing. For cheeses, a burrata, Havarti, or Boursin would pair nicely.
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