This wine is rich purple in color and shows black raspberry and black currant on the nose with mouthwatering plum, cassis, blackberry and sweet chocolatey earthiness on the palate. The juicy, persistent finish is long and lush. Updated Oct 2018: This is purplish ruby in color with a shy smoky, earthy nose that opens up to candied cherries and east Indian spice. A firm tannin backbone is wound around a rich, candied raspberry fruit core with some crushed gravel and iodine. The lingering finish brings together earth and spice – and will complement many foods.
Balanced and complex, this wine is drinkable now, but should age nicely for another 10+ years.
Perfect with light and delicate food such as steamed or grilled fish and chicken.
Clone: 115, Swan, Pommard and 777 – Blocks 11, 21, 10 and 15
100% destemmed Pinot Noir, 5 day cold soak, native fermentation in open-top fermenters. Two punch-downs per day. Inoculated with EnoFerm Alpha for malolactic fermentation.
Cooperage: 100% French, 38% new. 11 months in barrel.
TA 5.8 g/L
Harvested: 10/9/10 and 10/12/10
Produced: 220 cases
Released: March 2014
The Sangiacomo’s Roberts Road Vineyard is a 130 acre vineyard; it is a well-drained site planted on a creek bed, initially planted in 1999. Because the fog can often remain until midday, the growing season is long and slow – allowing for nicely ripened fruit, with balanced sugars and acids allowing for complex flavor development. The vineyard is Certified Sustainable – CSWA – and grows cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This is always one of our last vineyards to be picked.