In the pre-dawn hours, the fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted with just 1% reserved for whole-cluster fermentation. 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 transferred to 56% new French oak at medium toast levels from cooperages including François Frères, Rousseau, Remond and Latour for 15 months of aging.
The 2014 season started as one of the earliest on record, well before the threats of late winter frosts had passed. Fortunately, the tender buds and shoots escaped without damage and we relaxed into an exceptionally nice spring and cool summer. The gentle pace of the growing season afforded us time to be especially meticulous with canopy management. We farm each of our 30 blocks individually to tailor the shoot positioning and leafing, vine by vine, and specific to each clone. Such fine-tuned farming is critical to success on the extreme Sonoma Coast, particularly for our vineyard with its great diversity of clones planted at varying elevations and exposures – east facing, west facing, north side, and south side. By the end of the growing season we have typically visited each vine a dozen times. Our 2014 wines exhibit a pronounced minerality, due in part to our Goldridge soil and sandstone mother rock, as well as cold spells throughout the year. These wines are very open and generous right out of the bottle; possessing soft tannins and great acidity, with a slightly higher pH than previous vintages.
Blocks Map1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26a, 26b, 30
37, Bacigalupi Old Wente, Dijon 115, Dijon 667, Dijon 777, Dijon 828, Hirsch, Hyde Old Wente, Pommard 4, Pommard 5, Swan, Wayfarer
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 31, 2017
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard has a gregarious nose of ripe Bing cherries, cranberry sauce and rhubarb pie with hints of mossy bark, lavender and cumin seed. Medium-bodied, the palate has wonderful restraint and a quiet intensity, with chewy tannins and seamless freshness framing the savory flavors, finishing on an appealing dried herb note.
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, September 2016
Crafted from 12 different clones planted throughout the estate vineyard, farmed to perfection, this is a delicious and exuberant expression of blueberry crumble that's succulent and inviting in every way. Full bodied, it retains enough acidity to remain mouthwatering and yet complex, a subtlety of white pepper and cardamom biting at the its heels. Drink now through 2024. "Cellar Selection"
James Suckling, JAMESSUCKLING.COM, May 2017
Beautiful strawberry and raspberry character with hints of citrus. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a bright acidity. Lovely dense core of fruit with a lively buttressing of acidity. Drink or hold.
Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report, May 2016
2014 Pinot Noir, Wayfarer is comprised of 12 distinct clones; it shows a nose of delightfully nuanced red fruits, herb scented cherry, raspberry and cranberry. The palate is a lean, bright expression concentrating on fresh red fruits persisting through the finish.
- Bibiana González Rave
- Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
- Double Guyot
- Vine Yield:
- 3.4 libs per vine
- September 3 - September 13, 2014
- December 16, 2015
- Fall 2016
- 100% Pinot Noir
- 5.7 g/l
- Cases Produced:
- 1,000 cases