Sonoma Coast

Vintage Notes

In 2017 vines leapt into action with replenished water tables and full reservoirs after years of drought. Vegetative growth early in the season was strong, but not excessive, and crop yields were moderate to heavy in some areas. Ripening accelerated in July and vineyard sites across Sonoma County were looking like they would be ready to pick at a similar time. This compressed harvest for most but we found a healthy difference between our coastal properties and those slightly inland. Harvest saw a severe heat wave which caused concern in warmer areas but the coast stayed relatively protected and delivered typical acid-driven fruit with good phenolic ripeness. The entire harvest wrapped weeks before the devastating 2017 North Bay fires.

Winemaker Notes

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.