2011 Pinot Noir, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - Sojourn Cellars

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2011 Pinot Noir

2011 Pinot Noir Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Rodgers Creek vineyard is well-suited for Pinot noir, sitting high on a ridge in the heart of the Petaluma Gap and taking the full brunt of wind and thick fog that define this cool climate zone.  Sojourn’s blocks within the vineyard are western-facing with broad sun exposure.  In the cool 2011 vintage, this exposure was a key factor in allowing us to pick prior to the rain, while achieving complex flavors and ripe tannins.  The resulting wine is a fabulous expression of the vineyard site and unique soils.  It is a showy wine - very expressive and forward, with smooth textures and a lingering finish.   Familiar aromas of mushroom and soy overlay layers of red fruit flavors, earth and hints of rosemary.

The Rodgers Creek vines are grown in light, chalky volcanic ash soils on steep inclines, causing natural vine stress and resulting in high levels of concentration.  Two blocks of Pommard Pinot noir clone form the foundation of this wine, with clone 777 adding bright fruit and silky textures.  In 2011, we whole-cluster fermented 15% of the grapes, adding aromatic complexity and vivaciousness.  This wine stands out in a crowd and has become a favorite in the Sojourn Tasting Salon.

94 points – Pinot Report
93 points – Wine Enthusiast
91 points – California Grapevine
91 points – Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

550 cases produced

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