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2014 McDonald Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir
2014 McDonald Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
VINEYARD: The McDonald Mountain Vineyard is nestled in a very cool area near the border dividing the Russian River Valley from the Petaluma Gap. This beautiful area, referred to as the Sebastopol Hills neighborhood of the Russian River Valley, is where the fog first arrives inland from the Pacific Ocean in the morning, and where it burns off last in the afternoon. The vineyard was planted in 2008 on one to four feet of Goldridge sandy loam underlain with Los Osos clay. The diverse clonal selection includes 115, 667, 777, Pommard, 828 and Elite. The latter is a suitcase selection that produces some of the most exotic fruit characteristics that we’ve ever tasted from Pinot Noir in Sonoma County. The cool temperatures, daily fog, breezy afternoons, steep slopes and dry farming practices all contribute to the production of very small, but extremely flavor-packed clusters and berries that always retain plenty of natural acidity.
 
TASTING NOTES: Enticing aromas of white pepper, green tea, and fresh thyme lead the way to an array of dried red fruits and cherry cola. Porcini mushrooms, bay leaf, and an essence of forest floor provide depth and intrigue. The palate is exceptionally bright and vibrant upon entry with flavors of Bing cherry and strawberry preserves. Elegant, silky wood tannins from lightly toasted French oak barrels lend structure and balance while contributing to a long, savory finish.
 
McDonald Mountain Vineyard
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
17 miles
 
SIZE
30.68 acres planted
 
GROWERS
Kirk Lokka
 
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir
 
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: 115, 667, 777, Pommard, 828, and Elite
 
SOILS
Goldridge Sandy Loam underlain with Los Osos Clay
 
SITE DESCRIPTION
The McDonald Mountain Vineyard is nestled in a very cool area near the border dividing the Russian River Valley from the Petaluma Gap. This beautiful area, referred to as the Sebastopol Hills neighborhood of the Russian River Valley, is where the fog first arrives inland from the Pacific Ocean in the morning, and where it burns off last in the afternoon. The vineyard was planted in 2008 on one to four feet of Goldridge sandy loam underlain with Los Osos clay. The diverse clonal selection includes 115, 667, 777, Pommard, 828 and Elite. The latter is a suitcase selection that produces some of the most exotic fruit characteristics that we’ve ever tasted from Pinot Noir in Sonoma County. The cool temperatures, daily fog, breezy afternoons, steep slopes and dry farming practices all contribute to the production of very small, but extremely flavor-packed clusters and berries that always retain plenty of natural acidity.
 
FRUIT CHARACTER
Aromas and flavors tend toward black cherry, blackberry & blueberry, purple flowers and exotic spices; textures are luscious and mouth-filling with medium tannins; one of the defining characteristics is a strong acidic core
 
 
90 Points
International Wine Review
 
“The Pinot Noir McDonald Vineyard offers ripe red berry fruit on the attack. Light-bodied with high acidity on the mid-palate, it reveals moderate fruit flavors and good concentration with a persistent finish. Aged 16 months in 40% New French oak.” — May 2017
Vineyard(s): McDonald Mountain
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 16 months in 40% new French oak
Alcohol: 14.0%
pH / T.A.: 3.28 / 7.5gm/L
Production: 462 cases
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$65.00
/ 750ML
SKU: GFVPN141MC
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