2019 Ladera Pinot Noir Pillow Road Vineyard
95 Points - The Tasting Panel
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 Pinot Noir grapes were harvested at night and hand sorted and gently de-stemmed (30% whole cluster stem inclusion) 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 62% new French oak barrels for 15 months.
The 2019 Ladera Pinot Noir reveals a deep ruby color with inviting aromas of lush black cherry and raspberry highlighted with savory dried herbs and floral undertones of rose petal. The sleek palate shows great purity of bright red fruits, balanced with a silky texture and fine tannin structure that carries through the lively finish. A beautiful illustration of Pillow Road Vineyard and the quality of the stunning 2019 vintage.