2016 Pinot Noir
Sangiacomo Vineyards - Roberts Rd.
Aromatically, crushed ripe raspberry and dark cherry dominate. Red fruit, vanilla, and spice flavors gain momentum on the palate, lifted by juicy acidity and supported by supple tannins. The broad, creamy mouthfeel lingers, echoing the core flavors.
The 2016 Roberts Road Pinot Noir is a celebration of this grape variety known for its delicious clonal variation. Each clone of Pinot Noir has its own personality and shows us a unique expression of what it is to be Pinot. Expertly grown for us by the Sangiacomo family, we increase complexity in our wine by sourcing three different clones from their vineyard: Pommard, 115, and 777. In this vineyard the Pommard gives structure, raspberry essence, and juicy acidity; clone 115 has an incredible depth of fruit and floral aromas; 777 shows a darker berry, tannic expression of pinot. Each clone was carefully fermented on its own to maximize the expression of its personality. As the wines developed during barrel aging I began to fold together the individual clones, letting their different personalities complement each other. After ten months the blend was complete and the clones worked together to tell a story that is greater than their individual parts – it’s the story of vintage 2016; the story of Roberts Road Vineyard; the story of Pinot Noir grown in our hometown of the Petaluma Gap.
2016 was a fairly ideal growing season in the Petaluma Gap of Sonoma County, allowing the fog, wind and sunshine to produce optimally ripe fruit in a picking window that was precise but not too compact.
Clones 115, 777 and Pommard were hand harvested around 3 a.m. and delivered promptly to the winery. Each clone was processed separately destemmed and whole berry dumped into its own small open to fermenter. Cold soaked for two days then inoculated with yeast, the clones were then folded together over months of intensive blending and bottled after 10 months of aging.
Sangiacomo grown Pinot Noir is always an incredible expression of our hometown Petaluma Gap. The vibrancy of fruit and ability of the three clones to compliment each other so well is a testament to the Sangiacomo’s planning and farming. As is always the case with pinot, the goal is to guide the fruit into wine while retaining the expression of its place and time.