The 2021 jumps from the glass with notes of fresh rose, black currant, blackberry, blood orange, crushed earth, soy sauce, allspice and strawberry fields. A linear palate focuses on freshly picked strawberries and blackberries at the peak of ripeness, layered with decadent dark chocolate mousse. There is a beautiful persistence to this multifaceted Pinot Noir.
About Wayfarer WF2
WF2 wines possess a true sense of place, outstanding quality and exceptional value. 100% grown and made by us in tiny quantities, they are a barrel-by-barrel deselection.
Each block was hand-picked and firm, cool clusters were delivered to the winery before sunrise. We hand-sorted and destemmed the fruit before transferring it to stainless steel tanks for five to ten days of cold maceration. Fermentation was guided by 100% native yeast, with hand punch downs tailored to how each tank was tasting that day. The wine aged in French oak barrels, 35% new, for 10 months prior to bottling.
2021 was a dry, warm, even vintage, giving us wines with great intensity and harmony. Though we experienced record-low rainfall of 20 inches, a long way from our 65-inch average, it was plenty to fill our pond and irrigate our vines throughout the season. Budbreak occurred on the early side due to an unusually dry, warm winter, and this early trend continued throughout the season. Spring and summer remained dry and warm, though temperatures never spiked. This consistency, along with bountiful sunlight, allowed for even ripening across the vineyard. It was a smooth growing season and an ideal harvest, with all fruit picked at just the right moment and coming into the winery in a steady stream. The wines are remarkably dense and complex, with lots of structure, energy and delicate aromatics.
- Todd Kohn
- Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma County
- September 7-18, 2021
- August 9, 2022
- March 2023