2013 Green Valley Pinot Noir
Devoto Garden Vineyard
The 2013 Wait Cellars Green Valley Pinot Noir is made from 100% hand-picked and hand-sorted fruit from the Devoto Garden Vineyard. Devoto Garden sits on a windy ridge west of Sebastopol in the Green Valley AVA of Sonoma County, California: a sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley AVA, renowned for its cool temperatures and fog, and sought after for its sandy, well-drained Goldridge soil.
2013 was a warm, dry growing year and harvest. We picked at 22-23 brix to preserve natural acids. The vines showed good lignification, and we fermented 25% of the fruit as whole clusters, more than in our 2012. Fermentation was conducted solely by wild resident yeasts. We pressed into 20% new French and Hungarian oak barrels, stirred the wine sur lie through the winter, and bottled at the end of the following summer without fining or filtration. The result is a profound, honest, terroir-driven wine of remarkable focus and appeal.
“…an elegant style that is also crisp, with mild tannins and impeccable balance.” — The Prince of Pinot, August, 2015
Production: 350 cases
Release: Fall 2015
Varietal: Pinot Noir Dijon 828, 667, and 115
Soil: Goldridge sandy loam
Crush: Hand harvest, hand sort, 25% stems; 5 day cold maceration
Ferment: Warm, closed top, native “wild” ferment
Elevage: 10 months sur lie, 20% new, 15% once-filled European oak; battonage through winter
Aromas: Bright cherry, cola, clove
Palate: Firm minerality and acids
Recognition: 91,Wine Enthusiast, 91, The PinotFile; Silver, 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition, Gold, 2016 American Fine Wine Competition