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A cuvée of clones 37 and Dijon 777, this wine is named for Wayfarer’s sandstone substrate that urges our vines to burrow deeply, their fruit echoing the unlocked terrain below. Dense ruby in color, the 2013 vintage is as delicate and spirited as it is focused and powerful. The nose bounds with sexy ripe strawberry and fresh raspberry aromas followed by savory hints of raw leather, walnut burl and flint. Most stunning is the luxurious mouthfeel, plush with soft tannins and buoyant with laser-focused acidity. Flavors of blackberry cordial and fresh red cherry cascade into a long finish lifted by expansive notes of lavender oil and lightly toasted oak. Ready to enjoy upon shipment, it will age beautifully for another 7–10 years.
We hand-picked and hand-sorted the fruit, reserving 18% 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 50% new
French oak barrels for 15 months of aging.
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 each vineyard block. Mild spring temperatures beckoned bud break as normal beginning on March 24th in Block 3 and Block 11. 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 28th, and we harvested Block 3 on September 10th and Block 11 on September 13th.
Blocks Map3, 11
37, Dijon 777
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 31, 2017
Medium to deep ruby-purple, the 2013 Pinot Noir Mother Rock (made from Mt. Eden and 777 clones) has a gorgeous, spicy nose of Chinese five spice, raspberry coulis, red currant jelly and dried rose petals with a touch of smoked meat. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is opulent and seductive, with velvety tannins and lovely, understated freshness, finishing with lingering perfumed notes.
James Suckling, JAMESSUCKLING.COM, May 2017
This is a seamless wine with ultra-fine tannins and beautiful glycerin texture. Mineral. Full body, superb depth and length. Yes! Drink or hold.
Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report, March 2015
2013 Pinot Noir Mother Rock is most helped by decanting at this stage. The nose is initially closed, later showing firm cherry, raspberry and rhubarb. The palate is vibrant black raspberry with notes of petrichor and supple velvet-like tannins, finishing with violet and cherry. Drink 2015 – 2023.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015
A more floral and mineral profile emerges from 2013 Pinot Noir Mother Rock. Flowers, chalk, iron, white pepper and a host of saline/ferrous notes wrap around a core of distinctly red-toned fruit. The chalk-rich soils confer notable energy and focus, while a dollop of whole clusters adds savory overtones.
- Bibiana González Rave
- Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
- Double Guyot
- Vine Yield:
- Less than 3 pounds
- September 10 and 13, 2013
- December 8, 2014
- Spring 2016
- 100% Pinot Noir
- 5.9 g/l
- Cases Produced:
- 325 cases