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2014 Sexton Road Ranch Pinot Noir

2014 Sexton Road Ranch Pinot Noir
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Located in the Sebastopol Hills at around 900 feet in elevation, this Sonoma Coast vineyard selection of Pommard, 777, and 23 clones has yielded a rich, seductive Pinot Noir with dark fruits and exotic spices. The vineyard is approximately 9 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is planted on steep hillsides of Goldridge soil.

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.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
Vineyard Designation
Sexton Road Ranch
Harvest Date
September 2014
French Oak, 15% New
Bottling Date
May 3, 2016
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A classic Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, this wine has a dark ruby hue, with aromas of black tea, blackberry, cherry, bay, sage, and loam with exotic spices. On the palate, there is blackberry, black cherry, herbs, and exotic spices like cardamom and cumin. There is a clean earth and salty note associated with the wine’s minerality.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was picked by hand 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 four days and were warmed to encourage a spontaneous fermentation. Once dry, the must was pressed in a basket press, settled overnight, and then barreled down to French oak barrels, 85% one year or older and two new Billon barrels. The wine was not fined. It was filtered using crossflow technology and bottled under Stelvin closure.
225 Cases
Product Reviews
Cynde Margritz's Gravatar
Cynde Margritz
(Aug 17, 2018 at 6:50 PM)
Delicious! Notes of toasted bread and umami. Pairs well with Grayson cheese, sourdough bread fried in butter, chocolate, coffee, and cake.

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