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2015 Sexton Road Ranch Pinot Noir

2015 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 2015
French Oak, 15% New
Native Yeast/Native ML
Bottling Date
February 16, 2017
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
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, clean earth, cocoa, dried herbs, and exotic spices like cardamom and cumin. Tannins are grippy, and acidity is racy.
Winemaker Notes
Due to excessive rain during the bloom period, the crop was down significantly. Nonetheless, the remaining crop was beautifully intense. 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. Once dry, the must was pressed in a basket press, settled overnight, and then barreled down to French oak barrels, 15% of which were new. The wine was not fined. It was filtered using crossflow technology and bottled under Stelvin closure.
149 Cases
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