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2012 Estate Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir
ELEV. 1000 FT. / PACIFIC OCEAN 3.7 MI.
Fort Ross - Seaview

Vineyard

Red Car’s Estate Vineyard is continuing to prove itself, year by year, as an extraordinary site in the West Sonoma Coast. It is blessed with sandstone soils left from an ancient inland sea known as the Ohlson Ranch Formation. The vineyard sits at 1,000 feet in elevation in the northern most part of the chilly and mountainous Fort Ross – Seaview AVA. Its close proximity to the ocean moderates temperatures and makes it susceptible to rain and fog during the flowering season, which keeps yields low. The Fort Ross-Seaview appellation is one of the least developed areas along the California coast line and the crisp ocean air and colossal redwood trees create a unique sense of place.

Taste

Bright raspberry, Asian spices, cola

Philosophy

Red Car is focused on growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in a network of cold-climate vineyards on the edge of the Pacific in the West Sonoma Coast. We are hands-on farmers, part of a small cadre of wineries in our region who are fortunate to grow a large majority of our own fruit. For several years now we have worked hard to go beyond sustainability and have integrated the concepts and principles of organic, biodynamic and permaculture systems into our farming as we search for nature’s ideal pathways. Our wines are made in small lots utilizing minimalist intervention techniques like native yeast fermentation, gravity flow, and natural acid.

Specs

Vineyard
Estate Vineyard
Alcohol
13.8%
Appellation
Fort Ross - Seaview
Cases Produced
510
Average Brix
23.0º
Acidity
5.13 g/L
Stems
10%
French Oak
20% New, 80% Neutral
pH
3.72
Clones
Jackson 16, 777, 828
Soil Type
Ohlson Sandstone
Barrel Aging
14 months

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