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2013 Pratt Vine Hill Pinot Noir

2013 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 planted here (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
6 September 2013
24.3 at Harvest
4.8 g/L
French Oak
Native Yeast/Native ML
Bottling Date
23 March 2015
Residual Sugar
0.3 g/L
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine has a light ruby color with aromas of rose petal, lavender, strawberry, blueberry and a hint of toasty oak. The palate shows strawberry, red delicious apple peel, cherry, and blueberry. The texture is silky smooth.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were harvested on September 6, 2013. 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 in a mix of French oak barrels. A natural malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine rested on the fine lees, receiving regular b√Ętonnage until March 2015 when it was racked in preparation for bottling under Stelvin closure.
219 Cases
Product Reviews
Catherine Fallis's Gravatar
Catherine Fallis
(May 20, 2016 at 12:29 PM)
PG 92 points Open and inviting, lean and fresh with notes of cherry, blueberry, violet, lavender, mushroom and black peppercorn. Natural.

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