2014 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, WestLands
WestLands Pinot Noir is our nod to capturing the essence of the West Sonoma Coast. In this inaugural vintage, three vineyards were selected from the very cool climate driven regions of West Sebastopol and West Petaluma Wind Gap. Mariani Vineyard, a very small gem of a vineyard inland from Tomales Bay in far Western Petaluma, is located in one of the coldest parts of the Sonoma Coast. Another very small, highly dense, private vineyard on Barlow Lane (planted to Pommard and Swan Clones in magnificent Goldridge soils) is one of the foggiest climates of the region—superb for growing Pinot Noir. Clary Ranch Vineyard balances the trio. Located in the Petaluma Wind Gap, Clary enjoys the stresses the wind brings to the vines along with the affects of cooling fog and mineral rich soils. Combined, these three vineyards add graceful texture and nuance to the wine.
Profoundly aromatic, notes of tart cherry, spice, cedar box and dried rose petals give way to a structured palate of wild raspberry, bay laurel and savory spices. The wine is delightfully delicate and refined—a tribute to old world influences.