2017 Wayfarer Pinot Noir Fort Ross Seaview

New Release Shipment Date: Monday, August 19, 2019 (weather permitting)

This cuvée of 12 Pinot Noir clones, from our estate on the rugged Sonoma Coast, exhibits deep ruby and garnet color in the glass. Aromas of raspberry, strawberry, spiced cherry pie and stone fruit mingle with delicate floral notes of rose petal and violet, grounded by hints of forest floor and accented by flinty mineral notes. Bright raspberry characters on the palate are balanced by crisp acidity and delicate tannins. Notes of dark chocolate, tamarind, and powdery earth linger on the finish. This elegant wine will continue to develop complexity in the bottle over the next 10 years.

Vineyards

Critics

95 Points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, August 1, 2019

“The largest production cuvée based on a mix of clones, the 2017 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard was mostly de-stemmed and spent 15 months in 50-60% new French oak. It reveals a bright ruby-tinged color and offers a feminine style in its notes of raspberries, flowers, rose hips, and spice. It’s fine, incredibly elegant, has fine tannins, and just glides over the palate.”

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Vinted by Bibiana González Rave, blended by Todd Kohn
Alcohol:
14.5%
Harvested:
May 9 to October 5, 2017
Bottled:
December 10, 2018
Released:
August 12, 2019

We handpicked the fruit from each vine and delivered the cool clusters to the winery before sunrise. We then hand-sorted and de-stemmed the fruit before transferring to tank, where five to seven days of cold maceration preceded more than two weeks of 100% native yeast fermentation. The free-run wine was transferred to 58% new French oak from cooperages including François Frères, Rousseau, and Remond for 15 months of aging.

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