2018 Ladera Pinot Noir Pillow Road Vineyard
91 Points - Owen Bargreen
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 (20% whole cluster) 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 70% new French oak barrels for 15 months.
The 2018 Ladera Pinot Noir reveals a vibrant ruby hue with brooding aromas of cherry and plum with exotic tones of black tea and baking spice. Beautifully layered, the palate seamlessly flows with a fresh core of ripe red fruits, fine-grained tannins and intriguing spice notes from the whole cluster and oak influence.