2016 Wayfarer Pinot Noir
Mother Rock

Tasting Notes

 

New Release Shipment Date: Monday, August 19, 2019 (weather permitting)

This deep ruby-colored 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. Red fruit aromas of strawberry and Bing cherry interweave with hints of violet, rhubarb and spice, accented by notes of minerality. The entry on the palate is soft and focused, with flavors of raspberry, boysenberry, and mint chocolate. Well-integrated tannins support the fruit characters over a lingering finish. Allow this wine to rest in the cellar, as it will age beautifully over the next 3+ years.

Winemaking Notes

In the pre-dawn hours, the fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted. 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 and its free-run juice was transferred to 67% new French oak barrels for 15 months of aging.

Vintage Notes

The 2016 vintage showcases elegance and purity of fruit, as the growing season shifted to a more normal time frame after the previous three vintages encountered an early start. The growing season began with above-normal temperatures that eased into more moderate June weather. A minor heat spell in the last days of August and into the first of September brought the vines out of their slow,
methodical ripening.

When the temperature increased, extra care was taken by the vineyard team. Multiple passes through the vineyard paid off—we harvested each block of our Wayfarer Vineyard at peak ripeness, for wines with vibrant fruit and balanced acidity.

Blocks

3, 11

Clones

37, Dijon 777

Critics

96+ Points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, August 2019

“With a deep, incredibly floral character as well as classic jammy raspberries, toasted bread, and spice aromatics, this beauty is more full-bodied and powerful, with building tannin, obvious oak, and a great finish. Young and unevolved, hide bottle for at least 2-3 years.”

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 17 - 19, 2016
Bottled:
December 11, 2017
Release:
August 2019
Composition:
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol:
14.3%
pH:
3.56
Cases Produced:
300

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