2019 Belly of the Whale | Pinot Noir
Do you dare to enter the Belly of the Whale?
The perfect combination of two distinct clones (50/50 of 777 and 667) has produced a Pinot Noir of unparalleled purity and depth of flavor. Enticing aromas of black cherry, baking spice and fig fill the air, as strawberry compote, plum, and Asian spice envelop the palate. In its infancy, this wine’s complex structure and bright acidity ensure a long life ahead.
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THE VINEYARD SITE
The Sun Chase Vineyard sits high atop a west facing slope in the southeastern portion of the Sonoma Coast appellation. Perched at an elevation that rests above the cool maritime fog layer and overlooks western Sonoma County, the dynamic microclimates of warm hilltops and cool swales make this unique vineyard an ideal site for elegant, complex Pinot Noir.
Sourced from three high elevation blocks overlooking the southern portion of the Sonoma Coast AVA, the fruit for this beautiful wine was harvested over the course of a week, from September 13th through the 20th. Slow, methodical hand-sorting removed any undesired clusters before the pristine fruit was transferred to an open top, stainless steel tank for native fermentation. Full extraction of color and flavor was achieved though twice daily punch downs by hand, as cold-soak through end of fermentation in tank lasted 21 days. Once dry, the wine was racked to 50% new French oak barrels where it aged undisturbed for 10 months before finally coming to rest in bottle without fining or filtration.
Cases produced: 250 cases (9L equivalent) – 750 mL
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
The passage through the magical threshold of the transition into a sphere of rebirth is symbolized in the worldwide womb image of the belly of the whale. The hero, instead of conquering or accumulating the power of the threshold, is swallowed into the unknown, appearing to have died.