2012 Wayfarer Pinot Noir
Mother Rock

Tasting Notes

A cuvée of clones 37 and Dijon 777, Mother Rock is named for Wayfarer’s sandstone substrate, which urges our vines to burrow deeply, their fruit echoing the unlocked terrain below. Flinty minerality ascends from the glass, a tribute to the wine’s earthy origins. Intense, bright fruit aromatics evoke raspberry, red cherry, strawberry, blueberry and red currant underscored by mineral notes and a delicate woody character achieved with aging in fine French oak. A mouth-coating cascade of cassis and black cherry carries through the long finish, bolstered by balancing acidity and velvety tannins.

Winemaking Notes

We hand-picked and hand-sorted the fruit, reserving 24% for whole-cluster fermentation prior to de-stemming. The remaining berries were 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 56% new French oak barrels for 15 months of aging.

Vintage Notes

The 2012 growing year began with average rainfall and steady, moderate temperatures. A mild spring led to a warm, dry summer, providing ideal conditions for vine growth. Our vineyard crew worked diligently to control vigor and manage the leaf canopy to ensure well-formed, consistent clusters by early summer. Veraison occurred in early August. Mid-to late-summer temperatures never spiked, allowing the fruit to ripen slowly and steadily – the hallmark of a great vintage. Clone 37 in Block 3 and Dijon 777 in Block 11 were harvested on September 28 and co-fermented, as they achieved ideal aromatic maturity and physiological development in parallel, and both reflect the minerality and depth of our sandy vineyard soil.

Blocks Map

3, 11

Clones

37, Dijon 777

Critics

95 Points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, February 2015

Brooding in dark cherry and earthy spice, this fully figured wine offers well-integrated oak. With a savory and powerful profile, it has a forceful grip on the palate accented by black tea, truffle and juicy vibrancy. From a mix of clones (37 and Dijon 777), some fermented whole-cluster, this is a structured wine from a meticulously farmed coastal site.

93 Points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015

Dark red cherries, plums, cloves, violets and new leather blossom in the 2012 Pinot Noir Mother Rock. Rich, supple and inviting throughout, the 2012 captures the exuberance of the year in spades, pretty much covering the more mineral-driven elements that are typical of this site. Lavender, violets and dark red/purplish fruits add nuance on the finish.

Wine Data

Winemaker:
Bibiana González Rave
Origin:
Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Pruning:
Double Guyot
Vine Yield:
Less than 3 pounds
Harvested:
September 28, 2012
Bottled:
December 20, 2013
Release:
Spring 2015
Composition:
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol:
14.6%
pH:
3.56
TA:
5.9 g/l
Cases Produced:
400 cases

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