2017 Banshee Sullivan Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Mountain
This big, bold Pinot Noir is mouth filling, lush and aromatic, expressing its rugged mountain man roots, with aromatics of strawberry and balsamic glaze. An approachable wine with flavor elements of juicy wild strawberry and savory, meaty undertones. A solid, quaffable Pinot Noir with a lingering finish and structured tannins.
100% Pinot Noir
15 months in French oak barrels, 30% new; Allary, Cavin, Rousseau, Tremeaux and Francois Freres barrels
The 2017 growing season was full of extremes starting with one of the wettest springs in a long time. This provided saturated soil profiles to start the season and plenty of water to get vigor in the vines. Relatively mild conditions during berry set allowed for closer to normal crops in the season. Heat in late August kicked harvest into full swing particularly with the early varieties. Hand-picked and sorted before being destemmed. Native yeast fermentation after a four-day cold soak with gentle, manual punch-downs. Unlike previous vintages we did not use any whole cluster in the ferment. Aging for 15 months in French oak barrels, 30% new (Allary, Cavin, Rousseau, Tremeaux and Francois Freres barrels).
100% Sullivan Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain. 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 high-altitude, steep-sloped vineyards including the Four Brothers/Sullivan vineyard. The rugged mountainous terrain is in the heart of Jack London territory.