Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2018

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2018

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.

93 Points

Tasting Panel

2018 vintage
93 Points

Tasting Panel

2018 vintage
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harvest note

A fairly mild spring and summer with few heat spikes allowed the 2018 harvest to begin right after Labor day, later than previous years. The consistent growing season and cooler temperatures allowed for slow ripening and deep flavor development resulting in exceptional quality fruit with remarkable balance and brightness.

tasting note

This ruby-hued Pinot Noir offers an abundance of tart red cherry and baking spice aromas followed by a burst of flavors with notes of pomegranate, juicy strawberry, fresh raspberry and chamomile tea. This expressive wine has a soft and silky texture that finishes with a bit of toasted nut and orange zest.

food pairing

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

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 14.2%
AGING: 8 months, French Oak, 25% New

points of distinction

  • From the cooler areas of Sonoma to allow the grapes to develop deep flavors while retaining 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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