2021 Swan Clone Pinot Noir

Sonoma Stage Vineyard, Petaluma Gap
$55.00 per bottle   /   $46.75 club price
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This Sonoma Stage Vineyard Swan Clone Pinot Noir is bursting with big berry notes of fresh raspberries, strawberries, violets, candied lollipop, and toasted brioche. On the palate, delicate flavors of raspberry coulis are elegantly layered with gamey notes, cassis, pomegranates, and a touch of white pepper.  All these elements burst from this wine with a textured, round mouthfeel and long-structured finish.

WINEMAKER NOTES

This wine hails from Whitehall Lane’s newest property, the Sonoma Stage Vineyard on the southeastern edge of the Petaluma Gap Appellation in Sonoma County. It is home to 12 small blocks of world-class Pinot Noir grapes, and the Swan Clone makes up four of these vineyard blocks. The Swan Clone is originally determined to be sourced from Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which came from a vineyard planted in 1895.  Before 1895, it was brought straight from Burgundy.   Over time, the clone was eventually isolated and named by Francis Mahoney.

Upon hand harvesting in the early morning hours, the grapes were carefully destemmed and sent to tank for a whole-berry fermentation. The grapes were cold-soaked allowing for increased color, aroma and flavor extraction. After inoculation with a select yeast, the grape must (juice, skins and seeds) fermented at 78°F, which allowed for a hot extraction on the skins. This small lot was aged in French oak barrels (35% new) for 14 months and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

THE VINTAGE

The season started off with bud break in early March, leading to a Spring that allowed for a perfect flowering and set for the grape clusters.  Summer was also quite warm and long, leading into an early Autumn harvest season. The drought conditions led to lower yields in the vineyard, which gave a perfect concentration for juice versus skin ratio.  The consistent summer weather encouraged our Pinot Noir Swan clone to ripen in mid to late September.

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton

Appellation: Sonoma Stage Vineyard, Petaluma Gap

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Alcohol:  14.2%