2016 Pinot Noir
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.