2017 Ladera Pinot Noir Pillow Road Vineyard
93 Points - Robert Whitley
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.
An early harvest started on September 15th, 2017 and was completed on September 18th, 2017.
The 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 68% new French oak barrels for 15 months.
The 2017 Ladera Pinot Noir possesses deep aromas of wild strawberries and ripe raspberries accentuated with exotic notes of sandalwood and rose petal. The luscious palate is focused with layers of ripe red fruits, fresh forest floor and fine-grained tannins that linger through the finish.