2013 Wayfarer Pinot Noir
Golden Mean

Tasting Notes

Golden Mean is a union of contrasts: the earthy aromatics and powerful structure of the Pommard clone married with the elegance and alluring perfume of the Swan clone. This wine is an aromatic journey, beginning with floral notes of magnolia and lavender, leading to vibrant fruit tones of cranberry and mandarin, finishing with warm garden scents of marjoram and fresh anise. The velvet mouthfeel glides through a mid-palate rich with raspberries, rose hips and hints of black pepper and cedar. Ready to savor upon release, this wine will age beautifully for another 10-15 years.

Updated tasting notes :

August 2022: Fresh violets, raspberry and pomegranate knit together with rich strawberry rhubarb jam. The acidity is voluminous and the wine finishes with juicy length on the palate.  The 2013 is the sexiest wine in our cellar right now. 

Winemaking Notes

We hand-picked and hand-sorted the fruit, reserving 35% for whole-cluster fermentation. The remaining berries were then de-stemmed and hand-sorted again before transfer to tank. 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 transferred to 54% new French oak barrels for 15 months of aging.

Vintage Notes

The 2013 growing season was initially noted for its 40%-below-average rainfall amidst California’s escalating drought. However, the vintage will ultimately be remembered for its intense, concentrated flavors and exceptional quality across every vineyard block. Mild spring temperatures beckoned bud break as normal beginning March 25th with the Swan Clone on the west-facing slope of Block 20. While a touch of gentle spring rain accelerated canopy growth, strategic shoot positioning and leaf removal afforded ideal air circulation and sun exposure for the beautifully formed clusters. Veraison began on July 26th and harvest began September 4th with Block 20 and finished with Block 22 on September 17th.

Blocks Map

5, 20, 22, 24, 26a


Pommard 4, Pommard 5, Swan


95 Points

James Suckling, JAMESSUCKLING.COM, May 2017

Lightening acidity here with vibrant and ripe fruit that gives depth and beauty. Wonderful verve to this well-crafted pinot. Such energy. Drink or hold.

95 Points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

Lush and velvety, this wine offers big, dark cherry flavor around a tangy minerality. From three vineyard blocks planted to Pommard and Swan clones, it balances opposites in the way full-bodied luxuriousness meets acidity-driven juiciness, creating a desire for more. Let this wine open in the glass or cellar through 2023. "Cellar Selection"

94+ Points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015

The 2013 Pinot Noir Golden Mean is all about exuberance. Juicy dark cherries, plums, lavender and cloves burst from the glass as this resonant, radiant Pinot shows off its considerable personality and pedigree. The combination of Swan and Pommard clones here is hugely appealing. Exotic floral and spice notes add the final layers of nuance. Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez-Rave was done with 35% whole clusters. Once again, the Golden Mean is superb.

94 Points

Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report, March 2015

Pinot Noir Golden Mean is 35% whole cluster and comprised of 75% Pommard, and 25% Swan clone. The nose is mint, ripe cherry, plum, chocolate powder, graphite and golden stone fruit skin. The palate is firm and lively on entry with a core of beautifully delineated structure of cherry, raspberry and acidity. The finish lasts a full two minutes. Drink 2015 – 2023.

Wine Data

Bibiana González Rave
Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Double Guyot
Vine Yield:
Less than 3 pounds
September 4 – September 17, 2013
December 17, 2014
Spring 2016
100% Pinot Noir
6.3 g/l
Cases Produced:
520 cases

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