2013 Pinot Noir
Aromas of ripe red berries, violets and fresh truffles. Flavors of forest floor, bing cherries, strawberries and baking spices. Medium weight with a beautiful mouthfeel, sweet mid-palate, polished tannins and great length. 2013 was one of the best vintages California has seen! Warm days and cool nights yielded wines with ripe flavors, ample structure and vibrant acidity.
Sonoma Stage Vineyard is located in the burgeoning wine territory between Petaluma and Carneros at the southern end of the Sonoma Coast AVA known as the Petaluma Gap. Planted in 1999 to the Calera and Swan clones by the Hyde family, Pinot Noir from this site showcase the quintessential characteristics you love. Cool temperatures, nutrient poor soils and relentless winds off of both the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay ensure that the vines struggle throughout the growing season. This struggle produces yields rarely above two tons per acre. The Pinots from Sonoma Stage are best described as bold and weighty with nicely integrated tannins.
By the Numbers
Aging: 17 months in French oak, 30% new
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: 63% Clone Swan, 32% Clone Calera, 2.5% Clone 4 & 2.5% Clone 2A2A (1%)
TA: 6.3 g/L
Brix @ Harvest: 24.2°
Fermentation Details: 4 day cold soak, 12 day fermentation in stainless tank, 20% whole cluster, 7 day extended maceration, ML in barrel