2017 Walala Vineyard Pinot Noir

2017 Walala Vineyard Pinot Noir

Our Estate Walala Vineyard is a few miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and sits at 1,600 feet - just above the fog layer of Gualala. This is the perfect climate for the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir that we love so much. We use these unique conditions and elevation to our advantage. This isolated site receives short, consistent sun exposure every afternoon, after long, cold mornings. This cycle manifests into dark, robust fruit that exudes vitality. The 2017 is a savory wine that displays a full, lush body with hints of dark chocolate and cardamom. Complex and powerful, our Walala is always one to remember.

Club Release: August 6th, 2019
Allocation Release: August 20th, 2019
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Vintage
2017 was a vintage we will remember for a long time. After years of drought, we enjoyed a winter with record rainfall. Mother Nature was active, filling up dams and saturating soils while cleaning out salts that built up over time. Temperatures were cool, contributing to ideal fruit set and the season was on track for typical growth until heat waves arrived at the end of August into September. We picked some Pinot Noir prior to the heat spikes and gave the remaining vines water to let them develop further. While compressed into smaller picking windows, the grapes were perfectly developed and fermentation was steady. Thankfully, all our grapes were picked and wine was in barrel by the time the wildfires in Sonoma and Napa devastated nearby areas. Our vineyards were threatened but ultimately saved with the brave work of first responders. We are forever grateful for those who put themselves in harm's way to help save our livelihoods and for our good fortune during this atypical vintage.
Technical
Technical
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Clones
115, 777, 828
Soil
Goldridge + gravelly Hugo Loam
Total Acidity
6.3 g/L
pH
3.48
Aging
15 months/100% French Oak/50% New
Fermentation
10 days in open top fermenters
Alcohol %
14.5
Production
281 Cases
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