This true Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir starts with aromas of mushrooms, cherries, and caramelized pancetta. The palate is grainy in texture, but smooth in finish, with lush acids lining and framing the vibrant fruit flavors. Fresh raspberries and lightly toasted French oak accompany the hint of mandarin on the finish, keeping it light and fleshy.
Vineyards: 100% Goldrock Ridge, Clone 777
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates and Brix: September 8th, 2015 at 24.1 degrees brix
Fermentation: Whole-berry fermentation in open top stainless steel fermenters followed by wet cap immersion, totaling 21 days of extended maceration
Aging/Cooperage: 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels
Winery: Stewart Cellars
Owners: The Stewart Family
Location: Rutherford, CA
At Stewart Cellars, it’s the quest that inspires us. The quest for the ideal site, for consistently lush fruit, for the like-minded grower who labors toward the perfect expression of a vineyard. We build lasting relationships with viticulturists and together we test the limits of what an exceptional patch of soil can yield. Our requirement for the resulting wine is simple: it must deliver beyond expectation every time.
Our quest takes us to some of the most respected vineyards across the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Our focus is on vineyard designate wines that exemplify the terroir of their respective vineyards. Our intention with each bottle is that we fulfill our promise a thousand times over – only the best of the best bears the Stewart family name.
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I am a wine club member with Stewart. I have pretty limited experience with their pinots, but if it’s anything like the quality of their cabs then $16 per bottle should be a crime because it’s so cheap. I highly recommend this winery.
@chipgreen That’s fair, but I’ve been playing with more fruit infused wines. I do have some black cherry pinot noir that I made downstairs that is high alcohol, but the flavor hides it well. That doesn’t quite count in my mind.
I love PN, especially the Willamette Valley - Dundee areas of Oregon!! Many of the CA PNs that I’ve tasted over the years seem to have more of a strawberry, spice note, while OR PNs have more of a cherry, spice note. Done right both can be very delicious!
@mrn1 I looked a my CT inventory and I have at least 75 btls of PN. Although this seems to be a great offer, I need to start using my right brain and start drinking what I have. Thanks for the offer!! It’s a tough one to let go by! Wish we had some rattage on this one! Oh Joy, it’s snowing again!!!
@kaolis take it from me; the less you have to pack and move, the better. This cross town move was better than the cross state 5 years ago. Had 400+ bottles. This time we didn’t buy for most of 2018 and only had to move ~100. Still sucked lol
@bent80@kaolis I know what you mean. I moved 11+ cases from near Chicago down to central Missouri last week, and I’ve still got almost as much to move next time (fills up the bed of my pickup, as I’m reusing WW/Casemates shipping containers which are a bit larger). The other issue I’m facing is I don’t know how the storage conditions in my Missouri (walk-out) basement will compare to my Illinois “real” basement (I’ve got a 100 bottle cooler in Missouri for the bottles I figure I most want to protect).
p.s. I read something about mediocrebot doing some interesting things, so I included a certain word when I first wrote this post just to see what happens.