2017 Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir
Dark cherry and black plum aromas meld with forest floor, cacao and baking spices. On the palate, the fruit blends well with savory notes and a well-balanced tannic structure.
In 1994 Nancy Winn and Chuck Kensler, newly retired from their lives in Palo Alto, were ready to start their next chapter leading them to a ten acre apple orchard in Green Valley of Russian River Valley. A trifecta of events - meeting and taking a class from vineyard manager Jim Pratt, the fall-out of the apple market, and embracing their innate love for hard work - launched Nancy and Chuck as premium grape growers. Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in 2000 and sustainably farmed, Sundawg Ridge Vineyard has become an exceptional site that produces fruit with incredible depth and sous bois qualities.
Appellation: Green Valley, Russian River
Terroir: Sitting above the morning fog at 240 foot elevation, only twelve miles from the Pacific ocean, the vineyard showcases Goldridge soil
The fruit arrived in bins at sunrise after a night pick. Each block remained separate from the sorting table through to the small, open-top fermenters. Total tank-time (cuvaison) was 13 days - the first 5 being a cold soak.