2015 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir 1.5L
10 months in French oak (55% new)
Open top fermentation, cold soak, punch down
The small 2015 vintage amped up the wild character of our Sonoma Coast wines even more. The intensity of the vintage shows itself right away in the saturated look and aromas of the wine. The nose is deep, dark black cherry, interlaced with licorice and accented by a pop of pomegranate. There’s a brambly sense to the wine that adds to the wildness quotient. In the mouth, rich and luscious black raspberry flavors lead the way, with black tea notes and a dash of dusky thyme playing supporting roles. The solid core of lush and focused fruit promises this will be an excellent aging wine; get a case so you can try a bottle each year and taste its progression for the next 12 years.
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 mitigating 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 and to blend barrel flavors and clarify for another five months before bottling in August, allowing the wine to retain its freshness while softening the rich tannins.
Food Pairing Notes
A big, bold, and lavish wine like this wants a dish that shares those qualities, like smoked duck, rosemary rubbed rack of lamb, a potato gratin, or Bellwether Farms’ Blackstone cheese.