2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Branching out into the Sonoma Coast appellation affords Winemaker Alison Crowe a larger “toolbox” from which to source the Garnet Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. She searched out rich berry flavors from her Russian River vineyards and earthy, dark fruit character and supple tannins from her windy Petaluma Gap vineyard, Rodgers Creek. Rodgers Creek Vineyard is well-known for producing powerful award-winning Pinot Noir and Alison was thrilled to be able to source over half of this wine from its extremely low-yielding high hillside blocks. Clone 777, Pommard and even some rare Wente clones make this a deeply complex Pinot Noir. “As a winemaker, it’s much more exciting to be able to draw from a diverse array of our estate vineyards and Garnet’s Sonoma Coast wines reflect that evolution.” - Alison Crowe
Vintage & Winemaking
2013 was a very special year for the Sonoma Coast appelation as the mild growing season and dry summer and fall kept rains away until well after the fruit was picked. The mild fall weather meant that Sonoma Coast experienced a "classic" vintage. The grapes were hand picked at night and in the early morning to retain frehness and acidity. We 100% destemmed at the winery and then after a brief cold soak, macerated the wine in tank for about 12 days before pressing off. After being pressed, the lots went through 100% malo-lactic fermentation. Oak aging with French and a touch of American oak for vanilla and spice notes, contributed body, finesse and well-balanced character.
Clove and sweet vanilla aromas give way to a powerful rush of dried cherries and ripe blackberries. Classic Pinot Noir characters of mushroom, earth and baking spices pair with supple tannins and dark fruit flavors. Layers of aromatic French oak and a velvety mouth feel drive a rich and dynamic finish.
Alcohol, 13.65%; pH, 3.61; total acidity, 5.4 g/L; 2,219 cases produced.