Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2016

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2016

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

Pinot Noir fruit is sourced from vineyards located in the cooler areas of Sonoma County including Carneros, Russian River Valley and Bennett Valley. These areas experience a marine influence from the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay as cool air, fog and wind rolls in at night during the summer, dropping temperatures substantially. This natural air-conditioning is ideal for Pinot Noir as it 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 eight months before blending and bottling.

Double Gold Medal

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2016 vintage
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harvest note

Harvest in 2016 started in the middle of August during a pattern of warm sunny days cooled by foggy mornings and breezy afternoons for most of the area. The early months of the year were very mild with little rain allowing the vines to progress steadily and uneventfully. Yields throughout the region were slightly below average but moderate weather starting in early summer gave the fruit plenty of time to develop great color and flavor, resulting in beautifully balanced wines.

tasting note

This bright, medium-bodied Pinot Noir abounds with aromas of red fruit and warm baking spices followed by flavors of cranberry, fresh raspberry and plum. This expressive wine has a silky texture and a lingering finish.

food pairing

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

technical data

GRAPES: Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 8 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
  • Malolactic fermentation occurs in French oak barrels, 25% new, and aged for 8 months
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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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