Our Pinot Noir comes from an iconic old vine vineyard we have worked with for over a decade.
Journeyman Pinot Noir, 2017
Richly flavored with cherry and blackberry, finished with a cocoa layer of dustiness.
Our Pinot Noir comes from an iconic old vine vineyard we have worked with for over a decade. The Thomas Road Vineyard, meticulously farmed by the Dutton Family, was planted in 1986, the year that Peter graduated with his enology degree. With a foundation of Goldridge Soils, this benchland site sits within the Southern Edge of the Russian River Valley. Southwestern exposure and morning fog create ideal growing conditions and, because of its age, Thomas Road gives us clustered, concentrated fruit.
The grapes are picked at night, de-stemmed, and double-sorted to ensure that only the best fruit moves forward, and gently poured into four-ton open-top tanks. Here, the juice and must are soaked at fifty-five degrees for five days, pumped over twice, and punched down once per day. On day six, we turn off the cooling, inoculate with a starter culture, and begin fermentation. During this period, we punch down and pump over every 6 hours until we get down under 3 brix. We then age the Pinot Noir in Francoise Freres barrels, using 50% new and 50% one-year-old.