2013 Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir, 1.5L
Sour cherry, boysenberry, cola and fresh herbs on the nose. Rhubarb and ripe cherry on the palate.
In the mid 1990s Jim Pratt, a highly acclaimed vineyard manager to many key Sonoma Coast and Russian River sites, went looking for a property to call his own. After careful deliberation, Jim explored Sebastopol where apple farms were being converted to vineyards. Here he found his ideal spot south of the town of Graton and west of Sebastopol, a ten-acre hillside location on Goldridge soils with the perfect mix of cool fog, wind and abundant afternoon sunshine. The vineyard produces vibrant, naturally high acid fruit. In 2000, Jim aquired a neighboring property, planted it and was able to expnad his vineyard by seven acres.
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Clones: 47% Pommard, 53% Dijon 23
Terroir: Goldridge soil series is well-drained and highly erodible. Poor nutrients in the soil force the vines to struggle - the result is dense clusters. Overall climate is cool, foggy and sometimes windy, yet with enough sunshine to produce vibrant fruit with intense color and flavor.
2013 began warm. The vines responded by moving quickly through budbreak, bloom and set. The growing season turned long and gave us beautiful fruit. Another great vintage!
Harvest: September 14th and 20th
This vineyard is harvested at night so the fruit is on our crushpad by sunrise. The blocks within the vineyard are kept separate during these first stages of winemaking and like all our pinot noir, the fruit receives gentle handling from the sorting table to small open-top fermenters. The crushed fruit enjoys a cold 5-day soak prior to fermentation. Total cuvaison was 10 days.
Aging: 10 months in 30% new, 35% 1-year old abd 35% neutral French oak barrels.
Connoisseurs' Guide 91 points