2017 Sun Chase Pinot Noir
Planted on the west-facing hillside where the cool Petaluma Gap collides with Sonoma Mountain, this site overlooks a broad sweep of the county from the San Pablo Bay to north Santa Rosa. Our Pinot Noir block has a northeast-southwest row aspect at a 2000' elevation just above the fog line in rocky soil The growing season tends to be long and the weather not always so pleasant for humans but wonderful for grapes.
The first impression is the alluring color of red/violet implying freshness and concentration. The aromatics are intensely pure and red-fruit driven with pleasant toasty oak layers. Anchoring the flavors is a mélange of bright fruit, raspberry, rhubarb, brambleberry, cherry compote, cherry pie as well as baking spices, a subtle smoked meat essence and a whisper of dried spearmint. This is a plump, juicy wine with depth of texture and a lively acidity. The tactile, grippy tannins make it mouthwatering and seductive. A most ageworthy wine - five to seven years (2024-2026) and maybe longer but who can wait?
Enjoyable on its own or try with thick cut chops, roasted turkey with cranberries, slow-roasted king salmon with cherry tomatoes, your mother's favorite meatloaf recipe, or Cowgirl Creamery's Pierce Pt cheese.
94+ points, Wine Advocate
92+ points, Jeb Dunnuck
777 clone | 13.3% ABV
Whole-cluster pressing, 100% native yeast primary fermentation, 100% wild malolactic fermentation
11 months in low toast, air-dry 3-year-old French oak, 25% new