2014 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir


Tasting Notes

Our inaugural Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir showcases everything we love about wines from the steep slopes of the Sonoma Coast: a solid core of juicy, lush fruit flavors framed by floral and earthy characters. The wine leads with dark bramblelaced blackberry and boysenberry, accented with rosehips, lavender and cigar box spice notes. With time in the glass, the fruit becomes even more rich, decadent and brooding, with black cherry and plum notes taking the lead with a touch of sassafras peeking out from behind. The mouth is full and generous, marrying the wild berry with the earthy spice seamlessly, like a walk among the redwood groves along the coast this wine is named in honor of, finishing with a soft kiss of Bing cherry. The sultry character of the wine craves matching foods, like chicken pâté, herb rubbed duck, pasta with a carbonara sauce, or a rosemary crusted Asiago.

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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Awards & Accolades

94 Palate Press View Article

92 Wine Enthusiast View Article

91 PinotFile View Article

90 Connoisseurs Guide 

2014 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.1%
TA: 6.1 gm/Lit.
pH: 3.56
Winemaking: Open top fermentation, cold soak, punch down
Barrel Aging: Aged 15 months in French oak (55% new barrels)

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