2015 Sea Slopes Pinot Noir
94 Points - Editors Choice, Wine Enthusiast, October 2017
This wine offers astounding quality for the price, a juicy expression of fruit and spice with a depth of firm resolved tannin, lively acidity and layers of black cherry and cola. Approachable and delicious, it hits the mark on every level being light bodied and refreshingly balanced while complex.
Sea Slopes Pinot Noir is inspired by the majestic Sonoma Coast and the steep rugged ridges perched at the golden edge of the continent. Here, the cool maritime climate produces fruit of exceptional quality and allows us to craft wines of great elegance and purity.
August 17th — September 8th
9 months in French oak; 30% new
Late June 2016, Unfined & Unfiltered
This deep garnet hued Pinot Noir entices with black cherry and
red berry aromas that are elegantly balanced by an undercurrent of dried orange peel.
Generous black plum, bramble berry and raspberry with hints of black tea and spice
evolve on the palate finishing with velvery tannins and the bright acidity that expresses
our coastal terroir.
The 2015 growing season began with early bud break followed by
relatively warm temperatures until May, when the temperature suddenly dropped,
slowing flowering and limiting the crop yield. After bloom the temperate weather
allowed the grapes to ripen slowly until they were unhurriedly harvested between
mid-August and mid-September. The lower yields delivered fruit that produced
exceptional wine that is layered, focused and shows a gracious purity.
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were handpicked during the cool
early morning hours. After hand sorting, the fruit was cold soaked for several days.
Fermentation occurred in a combination of 5 and 10 ton stainless steel tanks after which
the wine was barreled into a combination of 30% new and 70% neutral French oak.
During fermentation both punch down and pump-over maceration techniques were
used to achieve a balanced extraction of flavor, color and aromatic compounds. Once in
barrels, time allowed the wine to seamlessly integrate the natural acidity, rich flavors and
soft tannins into a perfectly balanced and perfumed Pinot Noir.