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Fort Ross Vineyard

2016 Sea Slopes Pinot Noir

2016 Sea Slopes Pinot Noir

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Aging
9 months in French oak; 15% new
Bottling Date
Late June 2017, Unfined & Unfiltered
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Enthusiast
92
Wine & Spirits
90
Wine Advocate
90
Add To Cart
$35.00
 
SKU: FOPNSEA16

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. 

92 Points, Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast 
An impressive selection from Winemaker Jeff Pisoni. A hint of forest-floor spice and strong flavors of dark cherry and orange combine on a light, silky texture. This offers a great sense of finesse within a framework of structure and freshness. —V.B.

90 Points - Wine Advocate, April 2018 
Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Sea Slopes gives up notions of warm cranberries and Bing cherries with a raspberry leaves, dried sage and tilled soil undercurrent. The palate is medium-bodied, refreshing and vivacious with a nice bit of chew to the texture and a persistent earthy finish. —Lisa Perotti-Brown

91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Sea Slopes is another terrific value from this estate. Cherries, strawberries, spice, and an undeniable salty, marine-like minerality give way to a fresh, elegant medium-bodied effort that shows the cooler, complex style of the Sonoma Coast appelation. Bravo." —Jeb Dunnuck

90 Points - Wine & Spirits, October 2018
"Tight and formal in its tart cherry flavors, this shows some reductive rubber and green onion notes at first, then opens to a gentle, gracious pinot noir. Decant it for roast duck." —Joshua Greene

Wine of the Week - Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences 
Dark cherry fruit and then trace amounts of either cinnamon or nutmeg, with grace notes of French oak for complexity mark the superb aromas of this excellent value PN. This is the lower-level (!) wine of Fort Ross and is an excellent value since it has a bit of weight and is nicely balanced. —Dan Berger

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
An expressive ruby, this alluring Pinot Noir interweaves bing cherry, cranberry, hibiscus and lilac aromas with a touch of dried rose petals mixed with orange peel. The supple entry leads to wild strawberry, pomegranate, currant and juicy black plum with fine tannins. The elegant, structured layers of pure fruit vibrantly evolve into the bright, energetic, finish.
Production Notes
The temperate weather on the coast leading up to harvest was free of both heat waves and rain, allowing the Pinot Noir grapes to mature slowly and reach optimal development. Our lasting memory of the 2016 vintage is a vision of perfect bunches, even berry size and a balanced crop.
Winemaker Notes
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 with native yeast in 5 and 10-ton stainless steel tanks with a combination of both punch down and pump-over maceration techniques to achieve a balanced extraction of flavor, color and aromatic compounds. After fermentation, the wine was transferred directly to barrel. A combination of 15% new and 85% neutral French oak was used for the aging of this wine. 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.
Production
3890 cases

2016 Sea Slopes Pinot Noir

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Aging
9 months in French oak; 15% new
Bottling Date
Late June 2017, Unfined & Unfiltered
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Enthusiast
92
Wine & Spirits
90
Wine Advocate
90
Add To Cart
$35.00
 
SKU: FOPNSEA16