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2014 Patriarch Pinot Noir

2014 Patriarch Pinot Noir

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The aromas are rich and concentrated with dark blue fruit and plum layered over dark chocolate and peppery oak. The palate is powerful and intense with layers of blackberry, roasted coffee and hints of bacon.

Each vintage, we carefully select the best single vineyard lot from across all our vineyards and that bottling becomes our finest expression of Pinot Noir. It is quite literally the Patriarch of our family of Pinot Noirs as well as an homage to our own patriarchs who taught us to pursue our Callings.

This year, Patriarch comes from Putnam Vineyard on the extreme Sonoma Coast just 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vines are surrounded by Redwoods on all sides and in many areas within the vineyard. The coastal climate and the Goldridge sandy loam soils result in wines with plenty of richness along with some high-toned finesse.

91 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast 

90 POINTS - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
Vineyard Designation
Putnam Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
6.6 g/L
16 months, 100% French oak, 35% new
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Robert Parker
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Aromas of ripe stone fruit and redwood on the nose. On the palate are flavors of more sweet stone fruit and hedgerow berries. The oak notes show through on the long elegant finish.
Vineyard Notes
A dry winter and mild spring led to an early harvest in 2014. Despite small berries and slightly lower yields than the two previous vintages, the quality of the 2014 vintage is outstanding.
Production Notes
Grapes were hand-picked, hand-sorted, and gently crushed. They underwent a seven-day cold soak followed by fermentation with a combination of punch- down and pump-over maceration techniques to enhance flavor extraction.

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