2017 Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo Roberts Road
From Sonoma’s long respected family growers comes the fruit for our Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard Pinot Noir. Planted in 1999, Roberts Road Vineyard lies in the newly designated (2017) but long revered Petaluma Gap AVA. For nearly half the day the vineyard is shrouded in fog and also influenced by coastal breezes, lending itself to slow, even growing and fruit development. The block of Pinot Noir for this bottling is in the flat land at the base of Sonoma Mountain (on the western side) and features well-draining, silty gravel soils.
The 2017 vintage was an excellent one— well-balanced with moderate yields due to a heat spike later in the season. We were very fortunate to have picked all of our fruit prior to the October 2017 North Bay Fires, so the widespread devastation did not affect our wines. Embodying the anabatic qualities of the vineyard, this pinot reveals lifted aromas of black cherry, fresh berry compote and wet stone, while the palate boasts of a balanced acidity, evolving tannins, and a long, mouthwatering finish.