2016 Pinot Noir, Walala Vineyard

2016 Pinot Noir, Walala Vineyard
Wine Specs
Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date
September 2016
11 months in French Oak
Bottling Date
August 2017
Alcohol %

2016 Pinot Noir, Walala Vineyard

This second vintage of our Pinot Noir from the Walala Vineyard on the northern Sonoma Coast is characterized by its elegance and sophisticated style. This wine brings the bright, red-fruit flavors of the Sonoma Coast forward and through the finish.

92 - Wine Spectator

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The Walala Vineyard is a very cool-climate site, which lends itself an entirely different personality than the Sun Chase Pinot Noir. Darker aromas of mushroom, soy, black tea, licorice, cola, and blackberry all gain a beautiful freshness with time in the glass. The palate opens with a seamless transition from front to back, and exposes elements of black cherry and plums with a lingering acidity.
Vineyard Notes
Walala comes from the Kashaya Pomo Indian saying, "where the water flows down," a reference to the local Gualala River and nearby town of Gualala, which resides at the mouth of the Gualala River. This heavily maritime-influenced vineyard is on the extreme edge of Pinot Noir viticulture. A 17-acre vineyard, Walala lies in the middle of 19,000 acres of pristine forestland, where at the 1,200 feet, a world-class Pinot Noir is produced. Goldridgefine, sandy loam and gravelly Hugo loam soils comprise this welldrained vineyard estate.
218 cases produced