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2019 Sojourn Walala Vineyard Pinot Noir
2019 Sojourn Walala Vineyard Pinot Noir

2019 Pinot Noir
, Walala Vineyard
Sonoma Coast

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
93 Points - International Wine Report
92 Points - Owen Bargreen

Aged in 50% new French oak, this wine opens up with aromas of macerated black raspberry, fresh black cherry, rose petals and a touch of butterscotch.  Black cherry flavors take center stage on the palate with notes of strawberry fruit, leather and sweet toasted baking spices on the finish.  Medium acidity and tannin, this one is ready to drink now but will age gracefully for several years to come.

The individual Walala Vineyard blocks were vinified and aged separately on lees. Clone 113 provided the core of the blend, ofering intriguing tropical flavors and layers of texture. Clone 115 provided a rich structural core and red fruit flavors. Clone 828 was fermented whole-cluster and blended in sparingly to add verve and complexity. The blended wine ofers balance and depth, displaying exceptional structure and tropical nuances.

Walala Vineyard possesses a breathtaking ridgeline that sits 1,200 feet above sea level, just inland from the Pacific Ocean near the coastal town of Annapolis. The maritime climate of this vineyard marks the extreme western edge of Pinot noir wine growing with success being determined by precise viticulture. The site’s gravelly loam soils provide an excellent foundation for clones 113, 115 and 828 that are planted on 3309C and Riparia Gloire rootstocks. This vineyard allows long hang time due to its close proximity to the coast, while the elevation gives the vines ample sunlight in which to ripen.

The 2019 vintage was similar to 2018 in that the mild season allowed for long and slow maturation. The lack of major heat waves and virtually no rain during harvest allowed us to pick every vineyard block at optimal ripeness. The 2019 vintage was slightly lower yielding, which resulted in greater concentration in the wines. Balanced structures and rich flavors are consistent throughout the 2019 vintage wines.  

Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Vineyards:  Walala Vineyard
Varietal Composition:  100% Pinot Noir
Fermentation:  Open-top fermentation, Native yeast
Aging:  50% New French Oak
pH:  3.64
TA: 5.7 g/L
Bottled unfined and unfiltered August 2020
Cases Produced: 450
Alcohol:  14.2%

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