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Fort Ross Vineyard

2017 Bicentennial Pinot Noir

2017 Bicentennial Pinot Noir

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
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$54.00
 
SKU: FOPN17B

Fort Ross Vineyard was selected to produce a special Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to commemorate the 1812 – 2012 Bicentennial of the old Russian Settlement of Fort Ross on the Sonoma Coast. This was the site of the first grape plantings in all of Sonoma County and even foreshadowed the plantings in Napa County. The winery was given permission from the Kunstkamera of the St. Peter the Great Museum in St. Petersburg to use the painting of the old fort done in 1841 by the famous naturalist, Il'ya Vosnesenky.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
An absolute charmer! Lively, bright red berry aromas immediately captivate the senses. This garnet-hued, medium-bodied Pinot Noir overflows with layers of wild strawberry, cherry, and plum with a hint of tart cranberry weaving through the energetic finish.
Vineyard Notes
The 2017 growing season welcomed generous rainfall for the first several months of the year. After five drought years, the soils were hydrated, and our irrigation pond was brimming. Bud-break occurred in mid-March followed by a warmer than usual spring, which brought an early fruit-set; fortunately, by then, the rains had subsided. The summer enjoyed mild to average, 80-85° temperatures, allowing the grapes to develop ideal complexity and flavors with optimal development. During the first week of September, all of California experienced a heat spike, with this the first few blocks were harvested. Temperatures then mellowed during the remainder of harvest, allowing each variety to be picked at the ideal time. Pinot Noir was unhurriedly harvested between August 31–September 19, one of the many advantages of growing grapes overlooking the cool Pacific Ocean. Chardonnay was picked September 10–14 and finally the slower ripening Pinotage on October 3rd. Fortunately, all of our fruit was picked prior to the heartbreaking 2017 Sonoma fires. The vintage brought in lower yields, producing wines with great depth and concentration, while the hydrated soils delivered vibrant aromatics and acidity.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were handpicked during the cool hours of the night in two-gallon trays. After hand sorting, the fruit was cold-soaked for several days and fermented in a combination of 5 and 10-ton tanks. The caps were punched down 1 or 2 times per day, depending on the stage of the fermentation. The wines were then barreled in a combination of 20% new and 80% neutral French oak. Throughout the ten months of barrel aging, the clones and different vineyard lots were kept separate to maintain their distinct flavor profiles and structural components as blending elements.

2017 Bicentennial Pinot Noir

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Add To Cart
$54.00
 
SKU: FOPN17B