2021 Cuvée Number Eight | Pinot Noir
Evocative & silky Russian River Pinot Noir at its finest.
Sporting shades of deep purple not normally seen from this thin skinned varietal, this Pinot Noir from the high elevation slopes of the Sonoma Coast opens with restrained notes of sweet spice and sandalwood before adding layers of dark berry compote and toasted vanilla. Dense and immensely concentrated, the palate offers superb structure surrounded by youthful notes of juicy blackberry, black tea, and sous-bois.
Beyond the unquestionable allure and beauty of Sonoma County lie an amazing number of microclimates, soil conditions, and distinct geographies conducive to growing and making wonderful wines. This incredible diversity has resulted in over sixteen sub regions in this county alone, one of which is the Sonoma Coast. This cuvée is born from coastal vineyards resting at over 1,000 feel of elevation—Sun Chase and Nightwing with an incredibly diverse selection of Pinot Noir clones: 115, 667, 777, Mt Eden & Swan.
Carefully hand harvested in the early morning hours of September 7th to the 9th, the immaculate clusters for this Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir arrived to our winery in the cool, pre-dawn air for hand sorting. Fully de-stemmed fruit was fermented with 100% indigenous yeast in open top stainless steel tanks, with twice daily punchdowns extracting remarkable color, tannins, and flavor. Upon completion, the wine was transferred to 55% new French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place prior to 11 months of slumber in the cellar. Bottling of this unfined and unfiltered Pinot Noir took place in August 16th of 2022.
Cases produced: 475 (9L equivalent) – 750 mL
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
This cuvée is the first addition to my Appellation Series since the introduction of Cuvée Number Five in 2017. The number eight, to me, is the perfect number; a never-ending path that mirrors the circle of life in this beautiful corner of the world. The proximity of the vineyards where this wine is born to the Pacific Ocean presented a unique instance of infinity, where endless blue skies meet the endless blue of the sea.