2012 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 Russian River vineyards and earthy, dark fruit character and supple tannins from the 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
2012 blessed us with a measured growing season and perfect weather during Harvest. The grapes were harvested into picking bins then trucked to the winery where they were gently destemmed, fermented warm to extract color and tannin and then pressed when dry. The wines went down to a mix of neutral and new French oak barrels, where they underwent malo-lactic fermentation and began their 11 months of aging. We used a mixture of medium toast and medium plus barrels with untoasted heads so as not to overpower the fruit, but to enhance the lushness in the texture of this Pinot. We racked the barrels once post-ML, then bottled after 11 months in order to preserve the bright freshness inherent in the wine.
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, 14.70%; pH, 3.62; total acidity, 5.3 g/L; 3,232 cases produced.