93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
92 Points - International Wine Report
Drink this beautiful wine any time over the next 7-8 years.
Wohler Vineyard was harvested in multiple passes as each block ripened at a different pace. The clones were vinified separately, with 667 and 828 providing richness and density as the foundation of the blend. Clone 115 provided bright fruit and elegance, with a splash of Wädenswil 2A for earthiness.
Wohler Vineyard in Forestville sits in the heart of the famed Russian River Valley within sight of the Russian River and the historic Wohler Bridge. The combination of cool climate and Goldridge Series soils provides perfect conditions for growing classic, ultra-premium Pinot noir. Sojourn sources fruit from four distinctive blocks within the vineyard: the 667 and 828 clones come from the highest elevation and best-draining blocks, while the 115 and Wadenswil 2A clones are planted in cooler, lower spots.
The 2018 vintage offered moderate weather, cool evening temperatures and a long, even growing season. The weather conditions were ideal and allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly over the course of summer and early fall. This allowed the grapes to gain flavor complexities and ripe tannins, while retaining natural acidity. The vineyards offered grapes of exceptional quality and high yields alike.
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Vineyards: Wohler Vineyard
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir (828, 667, 115, 2A)
Fermentation: Open-top fermentation, Native yeast
Aging: 50% New French Oak
pH: 3.70 TA: 6.1 g/L
Bottled unfined and unfiltered August 2019
Cases Produced: 650
Deep, rich and generous, with a deep purple hue. Aromas of crushed violets, ripe berries, blueberry pop-tarts, black currant, licorice, chocolate-coated espresso beans, allspice, and cedar box. Full-bodied with a plush, velvety texture.
Polished with a very modern feel - think rich, concentrated, intense, deep and very long, with tons of sexy black fruit, and just the right touch of French oak. This stuff ROCKS for the price!
Inviting aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants woven together with baking spices, graphite, cocoa powder, anise and hints of mineral which all burst from the glass. The palate possesses a gorgeous full body that is round and voluptuous. Continues to impress as it displays excellent depth and finish.
Harmonious aromas of apple, pear and melon blending perfectly with spicy hints of oak. Rich flavors of lemon crème brulee, crisp apple and white peach round out the backdrop to complete this delicious Russian River Valley Chardonnay.
Tropical & Fresh...
Aromas with peach and passion fruit, balanced with citrus tones of lime and grapefruit, and hints of green apple. The palate offers citrus and tropical flavors with a nice beam of acidity throughout.
This bottling builds upon the Rutherford terroir with loads of red fruit, warm oak with notes of vanilla, anise and cedar. Deep, dark chocolate covered raspberries, Morello cherry, and clove balanced by fine tannins and acidity.
Earthy notes of cherry bark, black raspberry, and cola nut, with touches of sweet clove and orange zest. Fresh pomegranate juice with herbaceous notes of spearmint, evergreen and a subtle hint of lemon verbena, flanked by racy acidity, refined tannins and a subtle salinity.
Aromas of dark cherry, spice, and tobacco. A full mid palate with flavors of black cherry, blueberry-pomegranate and cherry cola, spice, and adorned with toasty French oak in the background. Well rounded, integrated tannins, texturally appealing with a soft sleek mouthfeel.