2017 "The Nines" Chardonnay
Sourced from a one-acre block of small-berried Wente clone Chardonnay on the western-facing side of Sonoma Mountain, this is a crisp and delicious example of the noble grape.
The fruit was whole-bunch pressed and slowly fermented in oak barrels, followed by native malolactic and six months on the lees. Nine barrels were produced, of which one was new.
2017 "The Nines" Pinot Noir
The big brother of our Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir, this vineyard designated bottling comes from selected barrels and spends an additional three months in oak before bottling.
Showing fresh red fruit and floral character, this wine is more structured than our early release bottling. It can be enjoyed now, or benefit from a couple years in the cellar.
2017 "The Nines" Syrah
Sourced from a one-acre block of Alban clone Syrah from the "The Nines" vineyard, this is spicy-enticing-textbook Syrah.
100% whole-cluster bunches were foot-tread, fermented in open-top bins, and aged in neutral barrique.
For lovers of pepper-driven medium-bodied Syrah from the Northern Rhône, this California rendition delivers the goods.
2014 Russian River Pinot Noir
Released after one year in barrel and three years in bottle, 2014 is our fifth vintage from the Bartolomei Vineyard in the Green Valley section of the Russian River Valley.
The amphitheater-shaped vineyard is planted to three clones, each vinified separately. The top section—"the hill"—is planted to Clone 113 and fermented whole cluster. Clone 777 and heritage Jackson Clone 16 comprise the majority of the vineyard and are de-stemmed.
Fermentation and malolactic were spontaneous. The wine was aged in two- to five-year-old French oak and not racked until bottling. After ten months, the three lots were combined for final bottling, then left to rest for three years.
2017 Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir
While we normally release our Pinot almost two years after most single-vineyard wines hit the market, this selection was just too tasty to wait. Sourced from a cool, western-facing vineyard on Sonoma Mountain just at the end of the Petaluma Gap, this is the first of a series of wines we will be releasing from this exciting area. No need to cellar this easy-to-drink, super delicious young release.
This year we added Cinsault to the mix of our old-vine blend. The Carignan brings red fruit and bright acidity while the Mourvèdre adds blue fruit and texture. Cinsault provides added spice and elegance. The combination leads to a medium-full bodied wine that is delicious and easy to drink with a wide range of foods.