The 2016 vintage marked a “return to normalcy” for many in Sonoma County. After the disastrous yields of 2015, most vineyards saw closer to average tonnage and the rains that followed the harvest were more than welcome to alleviate the drought. Favorable weather allowed for even ripening and full phenolic development without being pressured by extreme heat spikes, as with previous vintages. Overall we are very pleased with the quality of the wine though we could always hope for more of it. The Chardonnays retained a zany acid profile typical of the coast, but the Pinot is what really stands out as unique due to their concentration and depth on the palate. If you’re looking for a vintage of Pinot that will really taste unique, 2016 is the one to get your hands on.
Another wonderful example of what the coastal climate offers. Familiar raspberry, dark cherry and floral notes greet the nose but are joined by something very savory – dried herbs, mushroom and soy. Redwood spice, vanilla clove and smooth tannins capture the forest where many of these sites are planted.