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2014 Pratt Vine Hill Pinot Noir

2014 Pratt Vine Hill Pinot Noir
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This young vineyard in the Laguna Ridge of Sonoma County's Russian River Valley has soils that remind one of a moonscape. It has some of the whitest soil in the region; it is very sandy Goldridge soil. The Dijon clone 667, along with the Mount Eden, Swan, and Martini clones (also known as "heritage" or "suitcase” clones, so named because sometimes the plant material was imported from France in vintners' suitcases) thrive in this soil.

The result is a very perfumed and elegant Pinot Noir. The vineyard is farmed by Jim Pratt. His attention to detail in the farming is reflected in the exceptional quality of the fruit. Inman Family receives 100% of the Pinot Noir from this vineyard. The property is at the corner of Vine Hill Road and Vine Hill School Road, near a number of very acclaimed vineyards.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Pratt Vine Hill
Harvest Date
August 30, 2014
French Oak
Native Yeast/Native ML
Bottling Date
May 3, 2016
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine has a light ruby hue, with aromas of crushed violets, lavender, raspberry, and blueberry. On the palate, there is raspberry, cherry, blueberry, red delicious apple peel, and mineral. The texture is luscious and silky. The tannins are moderate and the fruit, acid, and oak are well balanced.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were harvested by hand on August 30th. After destemming, the fruit cold soaked for 4 days and a spontaneous, natural fermentation was allowed to begin. When dry, a basket press was used. The wine settled overnight and then was barreled down to a mix of older French oak barrels. A natural malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine rested on the fine lees, receiving regular b√Ętonnage until May 2016 when it was racked in preparation for bottling under Stelvin closure.
196 Cases
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Food & Wine
(Jan 31, 2018 at 4:41 PM)
Rich yet graceful, with layers of wild mountain berries, Chinese five-spice, underbrush, and violets whispering through the finish. - Brian Freedman, Food & Wine

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