Recognition: 91,Wine Enthusiast; Gold, 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
The 2014 Wait Cellars Green Valley Pinot Noir is made from 100% hand-picked and hand-sorted fruit from the Devoto Garden Vineyard. Devoto Garden sits on a windy ridge west of Sebastopol in the Green Valley AVA of Sonoma County, California: a sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley AVA, renowned for its cool temperatures and fog, and sought after for its sandy, well-drained Goldridge soil.
2014 was the third in a series of warm, dry growing years. We picked at 22.8 brix to preserve natural acids. The vines showed fine lignification and smaller than usual berries, and we fermented 25% of the fruit as whole clusters. Fermentation was conducted solely by wild resident yeasts. We pressed into 25% new French and Hungarian oak barrels, stirred the wine sur lie through the winter, and bottled at the end of the following summer without fining or filtration. The result is a profound, honest, terroir-driven wine of remarkable focus and appeal.
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