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2013 Sexton Road Ranch Pinot Noir

2013 Sexton Road Ranch Pinot Noir
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The Sexton Road Ranch Pinot Noir is the first wine Inman Family labeled as Sonoma Coast. Located in the Sebastopol Hills at around 900 feet in elevation, this vineyard selection of Pommard, 777, and 23 clones has yielded a rich, seductive Pinot Noir with dark fruits and exotic spices.

Farmed by highly regarded grower Jim Pratt, Inman Family’s winemaker Kathleen Inman wanted to make wine from this site for many years. In 2013, she secured the first fruit from this lovely vineyard perched above Freestone. This area of Sonoma County can be labeled either Russian River Valley or Sonoma Coast. The luscious, dark, concentrated fruit and racy acidity combines with the generous tannins to create an age-worthy structure.

Pratt's Sexton Road Ranch is not far from the Klopp's Thorn Ridge Ranch, which Inman sourced from between 2006-2012. It is adjacent to Littorai's Haven and Balletto's Sexton Hill ranches. The vineyard is approximately 9 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is planted on steep hillsides of Goldridge soil.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Vineyard Designation
Sexton Road Ranch
Harvest Date
11 September 2013
24.9 at Harvest
6.0 g/L
15% New French Oak
Native Yeast/Native ML
Bottling Date
23 March 2015
Residual Sugar
0 g/L
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is a dark ruby color with aromas of cherry, cola, toasty oak, and loam with a hint of cardamom. On the palate, there is black currant, blackberry, black cherry, sweet oak and mushroom. The texture is like satin. A perfect balance of fruit, natural acidity, and tannin give this a wonderful structure.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was picked before dawn, destemmed at first light, and fermented in a 5-ton open top, stainless steel fermenter. No water, acid, enzymes or tannins were added. The grapes cold soaked for 4 days and were warmed to encourage a spontaneous fermentation. Once dry, the must was pressed in a basket press, settled overnight and barreled down to French oak barrels, 85% one year or older and two new Billon barrels. The wine was not fined. The wine was filtered using crossflow technology and bottled under Stelvin closure.
250 Cases
Product Reviews
Catherine Fallis's Gravatar
Catherine Fallis
(May 20, 2016 at 12:24 PM)
PG 93 points Delicate, dry, tart and expressive with notes of bing cherry, sundried tomato, black and pepper, tar and earth. Natural.

Sverre's Gravatar
(Oct 16, 2016 at 5:15 PM)
Absolutely brilliant. Earthy and natural. It paired perfectly with sautéed spinach and grilled lamb, enhancing the food with its terroir.

Walter Altorfer's Gravatar
Walter Altorfer
(Aug 22, 2017 at 1:37 PM)
Outstanding! Smooth with no lingering aftertaste except for the fruit of the wine.

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