2014 Wayfarer Pinot Noir Golden Mean

Tasting Notes

This cuvée of Pinot Noir clones 37 and Dijon 777 is named for the sandstone substrate that runs under our Wayfarer Vineyard, urging our vines to burrow deeply into the distinctive terrain below. This wine reveals deep ruby and garnet tones in the glass. On the nose, hints of freshly cut flowers mingle with bright notes of strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry and boysenberry. A flinty minerality underlays these complex aromas and leads into a long, juicy palate, where balanced acidity and a fine tannin structure supports the ripe fruit flavors. This is a well-structured, thorough wine, with hints of cocoa and chocolate covered berries on the finish. Ready to enjoy upon shipment, it will age beautifully for another 5–10 years.

Winemaking Notes

In the pre-dawn hours, the fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted with 13% reserved for whole-cluster fermentation. We de-stemmed and hand-sorted again, before transferring the berries to tank where five to seven days of cold maceration preceded more than two weeks of 100% native yeast fermentation. The fruit was then gently pressed, its free-run juice was transferred to 50% new French oak barrels for 15 months of aging.

Vintage Notes

The 2014 season started as one of the earliest on record, well before the threats of late winter frosts had passed. Fortunately, the tender buds and shoots escaped without damage and we relaxed into an exceptionally nice spring and cool summer. The gentle pace of the growing season gave us time for meticulous canopy management; we farm each of our 30 blocks individually to tailor the shoot positioning and leafing vine by vine, and clone by clone. Such fine-tuned farming is critical to success on the extreme Sonoma Coast, particularly for our vineyard with its great diversity of clones planted at varying elevations and exposures – east facing, west facing, north side, and south side. By the end of the growing season we have typically visited each vine a dozen times.

Our 2014 wines exhibit a pronounced minerality, due in part to our Goldridge soil and sandstone mother rock, as well as cold spells throughout the year. These wines are very open and generous right out of the bottle, with soft tannins, great acidity, and a slightly higher pH than previous vintages.

Blocks Map

3, 11

Clones

37, Dijon 777

Wine Data

Winemaker:
Bibiana González Rave
Origin:
Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Pruning:
Double Guyot
Vine Yield:
Less than 3lbs per vine
Harvested:
September 4, 2014
Bottled:
December 17, 2015
Release:
August 2017
Composition:
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol:
14.3%
pH:
3.66
Cases Produced:
300

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