The Traveler Pinot Noir—made from a single “suitcase clone”—pays homage to the legendary journey of an original vine cutting from Burgundy’s most revered vineyard. The wine has deep ruby color in the glass. Aromas of ripe wild strawberries and hibiscus tea mingle with intriguing hints of earth and unmistakable minerality. On the palate, bright cherry and pomegranate flavors are accented with notes of tamarind spice and leather—balanced by acidity and supported by generous, mouth-enveloping tannins. Toasted almond and orange bitters carry over a long, complex finish. This is a wine that will age beautifully for another ten years.
In the pre-dawn hours, the fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted, prior to being de-stemmed and delivered to tank by gravity. Six 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 80% new French oak barrels for 15 months of aging.
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,
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.
Blocks9 & 18
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, August 2019
“My favorite in the lineup was the 2016 Pinot Noir The Traveler, but these are all pretty much desert island wines... Sensational notes of passion fruits, blood orange, black raspberries, spice, and crazy floral notes give way to medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir that’s just about as good as it gets. With perfect tannins, a seamless, weightless texture, no hard edges, and a blockbuster finish, this finesse-driven, elegant Pinot Noir needs to be tasted to be believed.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018
"From blocks 9 and 18 planted to the proprietary suitcase clone, the 2016 Pinot Noir The Traveler is pale to medium ruby-purple colored and offers a quiet intensity of a myriad of red fruit and floral notes: cranberries, Bing cherries and raspberry leaves with hints of roses, lilacs, mandarin peel, allspice and fragrant underbrush. Medium-bodied, very fine, wonderfully refreshing and bursting with red berry and floral layers, it finishes very long and very minerally."
- Bibiana González Rave
- Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
- Double Guyot
- Vine Yield:
- Less than 3 pounds
- September 17 - September 20, 2016
- December 11, 2017
- Fall 2019
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Cases Produced:
- 125 cases