Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2014

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2014

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards source their Pinot Noir fruit from the cooler areas of Sonoma County where fog from the Pacific Ocean rolls in at night during the summer, dropping temperatures substantially. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop deep flavors while retaining natural acidity. To capture the distinct varietal characteristics of each vineyard, the lots are fermented separately starting with a five to ten day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. After a long, slow fermentation the wine is racked off into French Oak barrels, 25% new, where it undergoes natural malolactic fermentation followed by aging for ten months before blending and bottling.

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harvest note

Warm sunny days throughout the spring and summer months set the stage for a spectacular harvest in September 2014. The lack of rain meant that harvest began a little earlier than normal and was short in length, finishing up by the end of October. The temperate days leading up to harvest produced good yields of high quality fruit with concentrated flavors, complex aromatics and excellent structure.

tasting note

This is a juicy, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with hints of cherry cola, raspberry and clove aromas followed by bright, crisp flavors of pomegranate, Queen Anne cherry and a touch of licorice.

food pairing

Pairs well with salmon, roast chicken, grilled vegetables and light pasta dishes.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 10 Months in French Oak, 25% New

points of distinction

  • Fruit sourced from the cooler areas of Sonoma County to allow the grapes to develop deep flavors while retaining natural acidity
  • Grapes start with a 5-10 day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor
  • Malolactic fermentation occurs in French oak barrels, 25% new, and aged for 10 months
  • 100% Pinot Noir from the cooler areas of Sonoma County
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“With its perfect balance and seamless structure, this Pinot Noir is a classic expression of Sonoma County.”

– Katie Madigan, Winemaker

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