2012 Green Valley Pinot Noir
Devoto Garden Vineyard
The 2012 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.
2012 was an almost idyllic growing year and harvest – a mild spring and summer finishing with a dry, temperate September and October. Though we picked early to preserve natural acids, the vines showed a lovely stem lignification, and we fermented 20% of the fruit as whole clusters. Fermentation was conducted solely by native, wild yeasts. We pressed into 15% new and 15% once-filled French and Hungarian oak barrels, stirring 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, terroir-driven wine of remarkable focus and appeal.
“Plenty of Pinot singing in this beautifully crafted wine.”
— The Prince of Pinot, May 2014
Production: 315 cases
Varietal: Pinot Noir Dijon 828
Soil: Goldridge sandy loam
Crush: Hand harvest, hand sort, 20% stems; 5 day cold maceration
Ferment: Warm, open top, native “wild” ferment
Elevage: 10 months sur lie, 15% new, 15% once-filled French and Hungarian oak; battonage through winter
Aromas: Bright cherry, cola, clove
Palate: Firm minerality and acids
Awards: 93 Wine Enthusiast, Top 2012 Sonoma Pinot; 92 PinotFile; Silver, 2014 SF Intl Wine Competition; Gold, Top 100 Wines, International Craft Wines Competition; Gold, 2015 SF Chronicle Wine Competition