Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir, Martini Clone
Appellation: Petaluma Gap, Sonoma County
Vineyard: Lakeville Vineyard
Production: 150 cases
Awards: 90pts. from James Suckling; Gold Medal Winner from 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
James Suckling Review: A ripe red-cherry and spice nose with earthy, brambly notes, leading to a palate that has a sweepingly fresh and juicy feel and plenty of rich, silky tannin, curving ripe and smooth at the finish. Riper style. Drink now.
Introduction: The 2017 Kukeri Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is coming from Lakeville vineyard, located of the Lakeville Highway in the heart of the Petaluma Gap, carved by winds, with over 500 feet elevation, which creates a unique micro-climate. The wine is crafted 100% from the famed Martini clone of Pinot Noir, which creates a wine with a soft and elegant backbone, and ripe, and often jammy fruit.
Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked in the end of September, sorted and de-stemmed into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak for 3 days to help stabilize the color and enhance flavors. It was fermented with ‘prise de mousse’ yeast for 14 days and punched down 3 times a day to increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. Gently pressed and aged for 18 months into 100% French oak barrels with 30% new oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel. Only 7 barrels produced.
Tasting Notes: Juicy and delicious, our 2017 Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir is silky in texture and complex in flavor, with black cherry, cranberry and rose petal, fusing perfectly with an exotic undertone of baking spice and toasty vanilla oak. In the glass, dark red hues, darker to the edge, medium weight on the palate with balanced silky mouthfeel and bright acidity. Long persistent finish.
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