2014 Green Valley Pinot Noir
Devoto Garden Vineyard
The 2014 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.
2014 was the third in a series of warm, dry growing years. We picked at 22.8 brix to preserve natural acids. The vines showed fine lignification and smaller than usual berries, and we fermented 25% of the fruit as whole clusters. Fermentation was conducted solely by wild resident yeasts. We pressed into 25% 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.
“Exhibiting Sebastopol Hills’ signature brightness and crunch…the floral aromatics shine within a cerebral backdrop of crafty winemaking.” — Wine Enthusiast, July 2017
Production: 220 cases
Release: Fall 2017
Varietal: Pinot Noir Dijon 828 and 115
Soil: Goldridge sandy loam
Crush: Hand harvest, hand sort, 25% stems; 3 day cold maceration
Ferment: Warm, closed top, native “wild” ferment
Elevage: 10 months sur lie, 25% new, 25% once-filled European oak; battonage through winter
Aromas: Bright cherry, cola, clove
Palate: Firm minerality and acids
Recognition: 91,Wine Enthusiast; Gold, 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition