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Sonoma Coast

Sonoma County


Vineyard

Ross Ranch


Grower

Dutton Ranch


Harvest Dates

9/28/10


Clonal Content

115, Pommard


Alcohol / pH

14.6 % / 3.76


Titratable Acidity

0.64 gms / 100mL


Barrel Aging

17 months in French Oak

(36% new)


Cases Produced

270


Suggested Retail Price

$36

2010

Sonoma Coast

Pinot Noir


Our 2010 Sonoma Coast bottling features pinot noir grown in the rolling hills southwest of Sebastopol. In this area, vineyards form an ever expanding patchwork across slopes with a long heritage of premium apple culitvation.  The Ross Ranch is one such vineyard, planted on a low ridge crest at the intersection of Pleasant Hill and Elphick Roads. 

This vineyard is perfectly situated on the region's signature Goldridge soil, a fast draining loam preferred for both grape and apples.  We selected clones 115 and Pommard from this site as best expressing the character of the Sonoma Coast AVA.  The influences of fine loamy soils, modest elevation, and afternoon winds off the Pacific result in a savory, nuanced pinot noir.


Winemaker Notes


The 2010 growing season was challenging for Sonoma County; spring rains during flowering reduced fruit set, and a heat blast the last week of August took its toll. By virtue of its slightly elevated location in the hills above Sebastopol, Ross Ranch fruit was not too severely affected.  A second heat wave coincident to our picking date brought real urgency to our activities.  With a pre-dawn pick just in the knick of time, the fruit arrived in the winery in great shape.  The resulting wine showcases the spicy, savory flavors for which the Sebastopol hills are known.

Our 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir starts off with alluring aromas of cherry, coriander, and black tea.  On the palate, the medium body delivers cherry and earthy exotic spices, progressing into a lengthy finish with suggestions of dried herbs and the forest floor.  The 2010 Sonoma Coast pairs well with aged cheeses, mushroom risotto, and fresh crusty sourdough with farm butter on the side.



Reviews


  1. SILVER MEDAL - SF Chronicle 2013 Wine Competition

  2. BRONZE MEDAL - Grand Harvest Awards

  3. Prince of Pinot - Very good (+)
    “Light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Vibrant aromas of fresh red fruits, especially cherry glaze, with notes of spice, sandalwood and toasty oak. Explodes on the palate with melt in your mouth, perfectly ripe cherries accented by dark chocolate and spice. Very smoothly textured with gossamer tannins and noticeable persistence on the fruit-filled finish. Shows the most oak influence of all the Bailiwick wines this vintage, but it is not intrusive. Very good (+).“
    - Rusty Gaffney - 10/24/13

  4. Wine Enthusiast - 88 points
    “There’s a dried mushroom note to this Pinot that dominates over the raspberry and cherry flavors. It’s bone dry and silky in the mouth, with a sweet, jammy finish.”
    - Steve Heimoff - 2/13/13

  5. Pinot Report - 94 pts - subscription required
    “Medium ruby color; deep, rich cherry aromas with complex, spice and herbal notes; deep, rich, complex cherry flavors with herbal, earthy notes; some tannin and oak; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, complex Pinot that has great mouthfeel. Delicious. “
    - Greg Walters - 2/15/13

 

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