2017 Winemaker's Challenge
Limited production wines showcasing the uniqueness of Sonoma County.
This is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to source grapes from the Martinelli family’s King Ranch Vineyard. George and Lee Martinelli are multi-generation winegrowers who take great pride in their vineyards, producing some of Russian River Valley’s finest fruit. The wine from our 2015 vintage delivers a rich, full-bodied palate that offers excellent length. Beautiful aromas of black raspberries, kirsch, lavender, and star anise give way to lush, juicy flavors of cherries and strawberries emboldened by hints of mocha, toasted spices and an edge of bourbon vanilla from French oak barrels. Supple tannin structure lends aging potential to this vintage, but even now it demonstrates complexity and intrigue.
100% Pinot Noir
10.5 months French oak; 100% new oak