2020 Sonoma Coast Sealift Vineyard Pinot Noir
2020 Pinot Noir
About This Wine
Along the rolling hills near the town of Annapolis in the far northwestern corner of Sonoma County lies the Sealift Vineyard, just four miles from the Pacific Ocean. This proximity to the ocean provides ample cool air and fog for a long, mild growing season. Planted at 1,200 feet above sea level on Goldridge Sandy Loam soils, Sealift is a spectacular site for dark, brooding Pinot Noirs that also show the classic orange peel undertones of Annapolis.
The 2020 growing season on the far Sonoma Coast provided ripe fruit flavors at somewhat lower brix levels than normal. This was a very good thing because we were able to harvest the grapes prior to any smoke intrusion from the dry lightning fires that occurred throughout the state. Our first vintage of this wine expresses aromas of black cherry, orange peel and allspice, with plum, fig jam, cocoa nib, and graphite flavors on the palate.