2015 Sean Minor Roberts Road Vineyard Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES: The wine has a deep ruby garnet hue. Aromas of strawberry, cranberry, dark cherry, violet and forest floor framed by vanilla nuances elevate the nose. On entry, the dark fruit characters provide a perfectly balanced mouth feel the carries through the mid-palate, creating a rich and lingering finish.
WINEMAKING NOTES: The fruit from this single vineyard is a blend of Dijon 777 and Pommard clones from carefully selected blocks within the vineyard. All grapes are hand-picked at night and early mornings to keep the fruit at optimal temperatures. The fruit is then hand selected and sorted prior to a gentle de-stemming into bins and placed into open top fermenters. The fruit is cold-soaked and left until natural fermentation begins. Once fermentation begins, each tank is punched down two to three times per day to maintain consistent contact between the must and pommace throughout fermentation. Once the wine is fermented dry it is racked to barrels for completion of malo-lactic fermentation. The wine is aged 10 months in 100% French medium toast oak barrels of which 50% are new.
VINEYARD NOTES: Roberts Road Vineyard, is located at the base of Sonoma Mountain at the far northern edge of the Petaluma Gap next to Gap's Crown Vineyard, Roberts Road Pinot Noir grapes are amongst the most prestigious cultivated by the Sangiacomo family who purchased the property in 1999. The vineyard stays in the fog until mid-day providing an excellent opportunity for a long and prolonged growing season which allows the grapes to mature slowly and even, resulting in extraordinary balance.The Sangiacomo family has long been farming the land in Sonoma County. In 1927, Vittorio Sangiacomo, who had emigrated from Genoa, Italy in 1913, purchased his first ranch in Sonoma Valley, a 52-acre fruit tree ranch. In 1969, the family planted their first small vineyard on the property, with the conversion from pear trees to grapes completed in 1980. Today the second and third generations of the Sangiacomo family work side by side to achieve their mission to sustainably farm with Mother Nature to grow world-class wine grapes. The growing season in the Petaluma Gap is long, slow, and even, making for good balance. Roberts Road vineyard stays in the fog until mid-day and it is always one of the last vineyards to be harvested. Bordered by Copeland Creek on the north, the soil is very well drained with silty gravel. The vineyard is highly unusual in that it has two watersheds, with a meandering creek that fans left and then right. The southern end of the property drains to the San Pablo Bay while the northern section drains to the Russian River. First planted in 1999 to early ripening Chardonnay and Pinot Noir clones, today fourteen different combinations of clone and rootstock are in the vineyard, which has 130 total acres planted.
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Appellation: Sonoma Coast
- Wine Type: Red Wine
- Varietal Pinot Noir