2012 Wayfarer Pinot Noir
Paige's Ridge

Tasting Notes

Rich ruby in color with great depth and intensity, this single-block Pinot Noir captures the signature characteristics of Dijon clone 667. Aromas of fresh blackberry, cherry, marionberry and strawberry mingle with subtle notes of forest floor, cardamom, vanilla and toast. Profound and inspiring, the wine features a massive presence balanced with extraordinarily focused fruit and silky tannins. Alluring notes of strawberry and raspberry expand and meld with the added mid-palate interlay born of oak tank fermentation. With its enduring finish, gorgeous acidity and phenomenal balance, this is a fascinating wine worthy of honoring the most auspicious occasions.

Winemaking Notes

We hand-picked and hand-sorted the fruit, reserving 20% for whole-cluster fermentation prior to de-stemming. The remaining berries were de-stemmed and hand-sorted again before transfer to a new Taransaud wooden cuve. 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 17% 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. We harvested Block 8 on September 26 when the fruit achieved both ideal aromatic maturity and optimal physiological development.

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Dijon 667


93 Points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, February 2015

From one block of the estate vineyard planted exclusively to Dijon clone 667, Paige’s is deep and dark in color, intense in oak and earthiness, almost a quarter of it undergoing whole cluster fermentation. As intense on the palate as it is darkly hued, it offers brambly blackberry and dark cherry around a core of wild Tahitian vanilla and cinnamon-cardamom spice.

Wine Data

Bibiana González Rave
Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Double Guyot
Vine Yield:
Less than 3 pounds
September 26, 2012
December 20, 2013
Spring 2015
100% Pinot Noir
6.2 g/l
Cases Produced:
140 cases

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