2017 Wayfarer Pinot Noir
Paige's Ridge

Tasting Notes

2017 Paige’s Ridge Pinot Noir opens with aromas of fresh blackberry and black cherry, as chocolate shavings mingle with subtle notes of forest floor and cardamom. Fermenting in our oak cuve brings massive presence to the wine, balanced with focused fruit and extraordinarily silky tannins. Alluring notes of strawberry and raspberry expand and meld with the voluminous mid-palate. This wine is powerful, while carrying the restraint of Pinot Noir.

Winemaking Notes

We hand-picked each block and delivered firm, cool clusters to the winery before sunrise. We then hand-sorted and de-stemmed the fruit before transferring to tank, where five to seven days of cold maceration preceded more than two weeks of 100% native yeast fermentation. The free run wine was transferred to 100% new French oak for 15 months of aging.

Vintage Notes

2017 saw the largest accumulated rainfall in recent history at Wayfarer, 86 inches in total. Much of that rainfall occurred in January and February, while the vines were dormant. Wayfarer enjoyed moderate temperatures and clear skies through April and into May. This allowed for steady vine growth and consistent bloom, beginning at the end of May. June encountered one of the warmer stretches on record for the month. After a very wet winter, this proved to be a nice balance for the vines, helping to dry the wet soils and tame what could have been substantial vigor. The warmth continued through the summer, bringing nice texture to the fruit. Harvest began on September 6th with block 6. As harvest continued through September, temperatures became cooler, allowing the vines to ripen gradually. Not wanting to rush the vines, we patiently waited and wrapped up harvest in early October.

Blocks Map

8

Clones

Dijon 667

Critics

97 Points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2020

The 2017 Pinot Noir Paige's Ridge is a two-barrel lot and also the smallest-production wine in the range. Fermenting in oak yields a Pinot built on texture and explosive richness. This is a pretty extroverted style for the Sonoma Coast, but it works beautifully. A rush of red cherry jam, chocolate, spice and new leather builds into the potent, layered finish. Racy, opulent and hedonistically seductive, the Paige's Ridge is a rock-star. I absolutely loved it.

94+ Points

Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate, December 2019

The 2017 Pinot Noir Paige’s Ridge comes from 667 clone vines. Two barrels are hand-selected, so this is usually made with 100% new oak. Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the nose is scented of crushed stone, moss, underbrush, oolong tea leaves, warm wild blackberries and black cherries with touches of dried flowers, tobacco and amaro. The medium-bodied palate is intense and layered, with earth, spicy fruits and oak character framed with lightly chalky tannins and juicy freshness, finishing very long and energetic. This has plenty of fruit to compete with the oak, but it will require more time in bottle to come together.

94 Points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019

From a steep, east-facing parcel that's fermented in oak uprights and brought up all in new oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Paige's Ridge (all clone 667) offers more upfront richness and depth as well as notes of cassis, black raspberries, spicy oak, and flowers. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, and silky, it's another beautiful wine.

Wine Data

Winemaker:
Vinted by Bibiana González Rave, blended by Todd Kohn
Origin:
Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Pruning:
Double guyot
Vine Yield:
Less than 3 pounds per vine
Harvested:
September 18, 2017
Bottled:
December 10, 2018
Release:
September 2020
Composition:
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol:
14.6%
pH:
3.55
Cases Produced:
46

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