Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2015

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2015

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 97% Pinot Noir, 2% Syrah, 1% Zinfandel

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.

92 Points

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2015 vintage
93 Points

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2015 vintage
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harvest note

2015 brought an early and light harvest that began on August 10, the earliest date in St. Francis’ history. The year started out very warm and dry but then cool, damp weather in May hampered fruit set. Though the result was smaller, looser clusters on the vine, the warm and consistent summer that followed produced high quality fruit with exceptional aromatics and concentrated flavors.

tasting note

Bright and focused, this medium-bodied Pinot Noir offers aromas of red fruit with notes of nutmeg and clove. Flavors of cranberry, pomegranate and fresh raspberry entice before a long, juicy finish.

food pairing

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

technical data

GRAPES: 97% Pinot Noir, 2% Syrah, 1% Zinfandel
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
  • 97% Pinot Noir from the cooler areas of Sonoma County
  • about the grape +
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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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