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2015 McDonald Mountain Vineyard Clone 667 20% Whole Cluster Pinot Noir
2015 McDonald Mountain Vineyard Clone 667 20% Whole Cluster Pinot Noir
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VINEYARD: The McDonald Mountain Vineyard is nestled in a very cool area near the border dividing the Russian River Valley from the Petaluma Gap, referred to as the Sebastopol Hills neighborhood of the Russian River Valley. It is where the fog first arrives inland from the 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 cool temperatures, fog, breezy afternoons, steep slopes and dry farming practices all contribute to the production of very small, but flavor-packed clusters and berries that retain plenty of natural acidity. The clone 667 in this wine comes from two adjacent blocks that consistently produce beautiful, seductive wines with tremendous concentration and verve. We just couldn’t bring ourselves to blend it away.
 
TASTING NOTES: This very special, extremely limited wine hails from a site that consistently produces low yields and tiny, color and flavor-packed clusters. The inky purple color suggests a deep, dark, mysterious wine and the aromatic profile carries this forth, emanating a mélange of anise, bay laurel, sage, tanned leather and freshly picked black currants. A delectable array of flavors unravels on the palate with intensity, as potent elements of elderberry, candied violets and coriander emerge, with underlying layers of organic soil and fresh eucalyptus leaves. The all natural acidity gives this wine vitality and accentuates the opulent tannins, creating a persistent, tangy, sensual 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
 
 
Vineyard(s): McDonald Mountain
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 16 months in 40% new French oak
Alcohol: 14.0%
pH / T.A.: 3.23 / 7.6gm/L
Production: 90 cases
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