2017 Marin County Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARDS AND VINTAGE

The 2017 Marin County Pinot is a blend from two vineyards.  Both are on the Marin side of the Petaluma Gap.   Azaya Ranch is closest to the coast, just north of Stafford Lake on Hicks Valley Rd.  It sits on a south facing, well drained slope.    Cool wind from the coast ensures thick skins, great color, and beautiful texture in our clones 2a, 115, and 667. It is certified Organic.  Chileno Valley Vineyard sits on a bench facing north east into Sonoma.  Because it is dry farmed, the vines struggle to produce small, intensely flavored berries.  Clone 828 contributes a burst of raspberry and cherry while the Pommard clone offers more structure and flavors of dark cherry.  The site, with its cold nights and warm days, provides great acidity and a subtle earthiness typical of Marin. It has beautiful ripe fruit flavors and silky tannins, without higher alcohol.

 

THE WINE

Our Marin Pinot balances power and elegance.  Its bouquet displays notes of Bing cherry, leather, rose petal and subtle hints of baking spice.  On the palate you will find a lovely round mouth feel, with structured tannins, balanced acidity and flavors of cherries, blackberries, and tea. It finishes with flavors of tart cherries, berries, toasty baking spice, and a hint of sage.  200 Cases Produced

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