2016 Wayfarer Pinot Noir
Paige's Ridge

Tasting Notes

 

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

This dense, ruby red wine from a single block is a singular expression of the Dijon 667 clone. Aromas of cherry, licorice, and blackberries with cream are accented by hints of lilac, vanilla and oak—with just a touch of forest floor. The palate is dense and chewy, with notes of chai tea, star anise, and ripe fruit flavors balanced by dusty tannins. Enjoy upon release or over the next 5 to 10 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, its free-run juice was transferred to 50% 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 Map

8

Clones

Dijon 667

Critics

98 Points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, August 2019

“From a single block and single clone (clone 667), the 2016 Pinot Noir Paige’s Ridge is the tiniest production cuvée with only 40 cases made. Completely de-stemmed and brought up in just 50% new French oak, it offers more richness and flesh, with lots of cassis, toasted spice, black raspberries, and candied flowers. Deep, full-bodied, incredibly textured and perfectly balanced, it’s another extraordinary Pinot Noir from this great site and great winemaker.”

95 Points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018

"From a single block fermented in an oak cuve, the medium ruby-purple colored 2016 Pinot Noir Paige’s Ridge offers up a flamboyant nose of crushed black cherries, black raspberries and chocolate box with fragrant touches of violets, star anise, oolong tea and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, rich and super intense in the mouth, it has a firm frame of very fine-grained tannins and great freshness, finishing long."

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 14, 2016
Bottled:
December 11, 2017
Release:
Fall 2019
Composition:
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol:
14.6%
pH:
3.63
Cases Produced:
40

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