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2019 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

2019 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
19 months, 60% new French Oak
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Classic Wildcat minerally earthiness greets you right up front, along with white pepper, pine needles, granite, oyster shell and a hint of red plum. The texture is soft and broad with a graceful, elegant lingering finish.
Gold Medal SF Chronicle
Vineyard Notes
Situated high on the southern flank of the mountain range defining the western edge of Sonoma Valley, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard is an outlier relative to any other vineyards in the area. The highest vineyard in the appellation at an elevation of 750’, it sits on well-drained rocky soils of volcanic origin, exposed to the full brunt of fog and grapes. Formerly grazing land, the vineyard was established by Nancy and Tony Lilly with their partner, Steve MacRostie in 1998. The quality of the vineyard bears testimony to the vision and tenacity of several generations of Nancy's family, which has been the steward of this land since 1940.
Production Notes
Forty two days after picking, the tank was drained, the remaining grapes were pressed, and the wine was barreled, using barrels from five different coopers to help add layers of complexity; we selected barrels from all five of our favorite coopers to help create complexity: Marcel Cadet, Remond, François Frères, Dargaud et Jaegle, and Rousseau. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel. The wine remained unracked until just before blending and bottling.
barrels / 372 cases made