2013 Clone 828
GOLD MEDAL: PINOT NOIR SUMMIT 2015! Single Vineyard/Single Clone! Sonoma Coast Star!
Of all our current wines, this is the most like Burgundy in character. It leads with those wonderful aromas the French call "savage" (pronounced sah-vahj') or "animal" (ah-nee-mahl'). It literally means, "untamed", and is an aroma I covet in Burgundy and Pinot Noir, when I can find it. In this case it is delicate and beautifully balanced with the red fruit scents. I describe it as "wet sex".
It delivers with many layers, leading with red fruits like pomegranate and fresh cranberry that you expect from the Sonoma Coast. The mid-palate is loaded with minerals and earth tones. It eases gracefully to the back where white pepper and other exotic spices carry on into a long langorous finish that lingers for minutes.