May Urban Cellar: Extreme Pinot!
The Sonoma Coast is generally regarded as the best area for Pinot Noir in California, and arguably the best in the entire United States! For this month’s Urban Cellar, inspiration was drawn from TJ & Hadley’s recent trip out West - words cannot do this landscape or the wines they produce justice! Each of these wines will feature an “extreme” terroir - this could be expressed through extreme elevation, extreme soil, extreme exposure, or some combination thereof! This month, grab some friends, build a beautiful charcuterie board and enjoy these cellarable yet drinkable Extreme Pinots!
*1R* 2019 Raen “Sea View” (Fort Ross-Seaview AVA)
With soils between 66 million - 200 million years old, an elevation of 1,500 feet, and a proximity of less than 2 miles to the Pacific Ocean, this Pinot Noir screams extreme! To show this extreme terroir, the 2019 Raen “Sea View Vineyard” was fermented with whole clusters, native yeasts, and was not fined nor filtered. White tea & blood orange mingle on the nose, while the palate is dominated by mushroom, crushed raspberry, rhubarb, and exotic spice. It is hard to imagine a more transparent representation of the rugged Sonoma Coast!
*3R* 2018 Wayfarer “Wayfarer Vineyard” (Sonoma Coast AVA)
Resting at 1,100 feet above sea level and slightly farther inland at 6.75 miles from the Pacific, the 2018 Wayfarer “Wayfarer Vineyard” Pinot Noir is a slightly more broad shouldered representation of Sonoma Pinot. Violets, lavender, blackberry, and strawberry lead on the nose, whereas the palate shows flavors of forest floor & dark chocolate. Cellaring will be abundantly rewarded, but this wine is showing tremendously well already!
*3R* 2018 Flowers “Sea View Ridge” (Sonoma Coast AVA)
With elevations ranging from 1,400 to 1,800 feet and a high concentration of young volcanic ash soils, the 2018 Flower “Sea View Ridge” Pinot noir displays seductive elegance aromatically and texturally. Leading with high-toned strawberry & huckleberry on the nose, the palate gives way to a beautiful minty, forest floor earthiness.