2014 Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir
In the mid-90s, Jim Pratt, a vineyard manager to some of the most respected wineries in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River, went looking for a property to call his own. Jim explored Sebastopol, where apple farms were being converted to vineyard. Here, he found an ideal site south of Graton and west of Sebastopol : a 10 acre hillside location sitting on Goldridge soils with the perfect mix of cool weather —fog and wind — and abundant afternoon sunshine to produce vibrant high acid fruit. In 2000, Jim acquired the neighboring propriety and planted an additional 7 acres.
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Clones: 38% Dijon 23, 38% Pommard, 24% Dijon 828
Terroir: Goldridge soil series, which is well-drained and highly erodible, with poor nutrients forcing vines to struggle thus delivering dense fruit clusters. Overall climate is cool, foggy and sometimes windy; however, with enough sunshine to produce fruit with intense color and flavors.
Following heavy rains in February, budbreak began along the coast in the first week of March. With fully saturated soils and warmer than usual temperatures, the vines brought the 2014 fruit to maturity with great concentration and big round tannins.
Harvest Dates: September 12th and 17th
After night harvesting, the fruit travels before sunrise to Saintsbury. Each block remains separate and receives gentle handling starting at the sorting table through to the 4 ton open top fermenters for 5 day cold soak, 20 days total cuvaison.
Aging: 10 months in 25% new; 30% 1-year old & 45% neutral all French Oak