Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2019

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2019

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 97% Pinot Noir, 3% Sangiovese

This Pinot Noir fruit is sourced from vineyards located in the cooler areas of Sonoma County including Sonoma Coast, 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 airconditioning 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.

96 Points

Sunset International Wine Competition

2019 vintage
92 Points

International Women's Wine Competition

2019 vintage
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harvest note

The 2019 harvest began on August 30 after a growing season that began with record rainfall during winter and ended with warm, even temperatures throughout summer. With few spikes in heat, our vineyards had optimal conditions to develop full-flavored fruit with remarkable color and balanced acidity. Spring rains ended in time for good fruit set and the temperate summer allowed for long hang times and consistent ripening. The majority of the fruit was picked in September. Warm breezy days, but no rain, took place in October and the last of the grapes were harvested before the end of the month.

tasting note

This bright, medium-bodied Pinot Noir shows off an abundance of red cherry and baking spice aromas followed by a burst of flavors with notes of pomegranate, strawberry preserves, fresh raspberry and black tea. This expressive wine has a lengthy finish with a note of toasted nut and orange zest.

food pairing

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

technical data

GRAPES: 97% Pinot Noir, 3% Sangiovese
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
PH: 3.61
ACIDITY: 0.66 g/100
ABV: 14%
AGING: 8 Months, French oak barrels, 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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