2015 Banshee Sullivan Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Mountain
The 2015 Sullivan certainly expresses its mountainous origins with aromas of savory herbs, licorice, and Manzanita combined with a dark macerated plum note. In the mouth flavors of plum, cassis and wild blackberries emerge. These flavors are well integrated with a finely beaded but pleasant tannic structure. The fruit flavors carry through long after the wine is swallowed.
100% Pinot Noir
The 2,400-foot Sonoma Mountain range rises above the town of Glen Ellen, at the western edge of the Valley of the Moon. Found here are highaltitude, steep-sloped vineyards including the Four Brothers/Sullivan Vineyard which is farmed by Jim Sullivan and his sons including Patrick and Mike, who is the winemaker at Benovia and formerly of Hartford Court. Straddling the Bennett Valley and Sonoma Mountain AVAs, Sullivan Vineyard encompasses eleven acres along a ridge at an elevation of 750-900 feet where the irregular folds and crevices of the mountain create a unique microclimate, ideal for cool climate Pinot Noir. The vineyard is streaked with a variety of well-drained soil material including Sprekles clay and volcanic material. These vineyard hillsides are planted to Pinot Noir clones 777, a Vosne Romanée suitcase clone and Pommard.