Pinot Noir, ‘Sonoma Coast – Laguna’, LIOCO
From a selection of premier Sonoma Coast vineyards including Teac Mor & Goldridge. Pinot Noir clones Pommard, 777 & Martini planted in gravelly loam soils known locally as Goldridge, in modest elevations of +/- 200 feet. Defining features of this complex region include the omnipresent Pacific Ocean, its coastal forests & the fog-catching Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed.
Our Laguna Pinot Noir has always been about expressing the essence of the coast. There is a coolness to these wines—a sour red fruit, rhubarb, pomegranate, sweet tart thing that you get only from sites in ocean-impacted zones in Sonoma—Laguna shows this. It is a blend of our stalwart Teac Mor Vineyard near Sebastopol (situated in the lowest part of the valley where all the fog eddies out) with a little piece of Martini Clone Pinot we grabbed from John Balletto’s vineyard out on Burnside Road next door to Littorai. The resulting wine, in character with the vintage, is at once powerful yet graceful.
18.7 tons hand-harvested & sorted on Aug 21, 24 and Sept. 7. All clones co-fermented (15% whole cluster) in open top fermenters using both wild & cultured yeasts. A 5-day cold soak preceded regular cap management during the 12-16 day fermentations. Aged for 11-months in 15% new oak. Settled for 1-month in
tank prior to bottling.