Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir, Martini Clone
Appellation: Petaluma Gap, Sonoma County
Vineyard: Lakeville Vineyard
Production: 150 cases
Awards: Double-Gold Medal & 95pts. from 2020 Toast of the Coast International Wine Competition
Wine Review Online: A strikingly pure, precise and sharply focused Pinot from the cool climate appellation of Petaluma Gap in Sonoma, this is a resounding success. The lead aromatic and flavor note is ripe pie cherry, with very fresh acidity reinforcing that impression, but the midpalate also shows darker tones reminiscent of Bing cherries and dark berries. Wood is quite restrained, which reflects wise decision making in the cellar that let’s this bright, beautiful wine show its purity. Already delicious, this will gain in complexity for another five years, but without any appreciable loss of freshness, thanks to its energetic acidity. Score: 94pts. Michael Franz
Introduction: The 2018 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 intense dark fruit and energetic acidity.
Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked in the begining of October, sorted and de-stemmed into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak for 4 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 12 months into 100% French oak barrels with 40% new oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel. Only 5 barrels produced.
Tasting Notes: Juicy and intense, our 2018 Kukeri Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir is silky in texture and complex in flavor, with dark berries and cherry pie, fusing perfectly with an exotic undertone of black tea 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 refreshing acidity. Long persistent finish.
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