2017 Banshee Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
We picture this Pinot Noir being popped open by Gandalf and his Hobbit buddies in Hobbiton as they enjoy a humble beef stew or rich beef bourguignon. Delicate aromatics reminiscent of fall and crisp, crunchy dried maple leaves lead to soft raspberry flavors, autumnal spices and a hint of nutty peanut butter with a tartness on the finish. If you can resist, stash away “my precious”.
100% Pinot Noir
September 5th, 2017
18 months in 30% new French oak barrels: Taransaud & Fracois Freres
Hand-harvested on September 5th, 2017, sorted, and 90% destemmed before going into small fermenters for a 4-day cold soak. Native yeast fermentation and pressed at dryness in a basket press. Aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels: Taransaud & François Frères.
100% Rice-Spivak Vineyard, Sonoma Coast. Rice-Spivak vineyard sits south of the town of Sebastopol, on the northern edge of the Petaluma Wine Gap. While it might be quite hot just a few miles in either direction, Rice-Spivak is in a 10-15 degree pocket where the sunlight allows for a different and unique type of phenolic development. The soils at Rice-Spivak are mostly typical of the region, exhibiting qualities of Goldridge loam series, but volcanic ash is also sprinkled through the soil substructure. In addition, the vineyard is north-facing which plays a significant role in the type of deep flavor development realized in the vineyard.