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2019 The Terraces Pinot Noir

2019 The Terraces Pinot Noir

Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview
Vineyard Designation
The Terraces
Harvest Date
Sept. 16 – Oct 7, 2019
Aging
11 months in 100% French oak; 50% new oak barrels
Bottling Date
August 31, 2020
Add To Cart
$80.00
 
SKU: FOPNT19

From our mountain vineyard that overlooks the Sonoma Coast in the Fort Ross-Seaview American Viticultural Area, Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery produces limited quantities of single vineyard, Estate grown, cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinotage. With spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean less than one mile away, the vineyard is divided into 32 separate blocks, one-half to two acres in size, that range in elevation from 1700 down to 1200 feet above sea level. Owners, Lester and Linda Schwartz with their small crew began preparing the 52-acre vineyard in 1994. It took them 4 years of preparation before they could begin planting. The year 2000 marked the first vintage from the Fort Ross Vineyard.

94+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2019 Pinot Noir The Terraces is a more ethereal, perfumed, mineral-laced beauty offering gorgeous light red fruits, dried strawberry, crushed stone, and white flower-like aromas and flavors. Playing in the medium-bodied end of the spectrum, it still brings plenty of intensity as well as structure, and while it certainly has up-front charm today, it’s another wine from this estate that will benefit from a year or three of bottle age and have a long life. It’s beautifully done.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This pure expression of a single clone, from our unique terraced block, captures the essence, character and purity of the Calera Clone. Dark cherry, black raspberry, boysenberry and a whiff of delicate tea rose aromas emerge from the glass with complexity and finesse. The captivating palate weaves together layers of dark fruits, including plums, bramble and black currant with fine threads of orange peel, musk and chocolate. Supple, youthful tannins give way to the velvety texture that lingers throughout the plush finish. This complete, well-integrated, finely structured Pinot Noir is certain to evolve gracefully for years to come.
Vineyard Notes
The Terraces is crafted from 100% Calera clone planted on our single unique Terraced Block #11. Comprised of rocky Hugo Boomer sandy loam soils, this block was painstakingly carved out of the rugged hillside that faces the cool Pacific Ocean. With its steep South West aspect this may be one of the most extreme plantings on the Sonoma Coast.
Production Notes
Bottled Unfined & Unfiltered
Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were handpicked during the cool hours of the night in 2 gallon trays. After hand sorting, the fruit was cold soaked for several days. Fermentation occurred with native yeast in 5 and 10-ton stainless steel 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 50% new and 50% neutral French oak.
Other Notes
260 cases produced

2019 The Terraces Pinot Noir

Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview
Vineyard Designation
The Terraces
Harvest Date
Sept. 16 – Oct 7, 2019
Aging
11 months in 100% French oak; 50% new oak barrels
Bottling Date
August 31, 2020
Add To Cart
$80.00
 
SKU: FOPNT19