2016 Pinot Noir Pillow Road Vineyard
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
The Pillow Road vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, southwest of the city of Sebastopol, in an area affectionately known as the Sebastopol Hills. Located just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and featuring the ideal Goldridge sandy loam soils, the vines at Pillow Road vineyard thrive in ideal climatic conditions, yielding beautiful expressions of cool-climate Pinot Noir. Planted in 2008, the Pillow Road vineyard features Pinot Noir clones Calera, Swan, Dijon 777 and Pommard 4, all of which complement each other in the final blend.
The 2016 Ladera Pinot Noir grapes were harvested at night, then hand sorted and gently de-stemmed to small open-top fermenters where the fruit underwent a 7 day “cold soak” to extract maximum fruit character. Once fermentation started, gentle maceration techniques were employed to ensure proper extraction was reached. The wine was drained without pressing and aged in 75% new French oak barrels for 15 months.
The 2016 Ladera Pinot Noir reveals a deep ruby hue with fragrant aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and dried violets with spice bursts of cardamom and nutmeg. The elegant palate is lush and flavorful, balanced by velvety tannins and quenching acidity that extends through the finish.