We source Pinot noir from the windswept appellations along the rugged Sonoma Coast, as well as the cool Russian River Valley, where this varietal develops its finest expression. Each of our acclaimed Pinot noir vineyards including Gap’s Crown, Sangiacomo, Walala and Rodger’s Creek, imparts its own distinctive character to the grapes. Our site-specific wines possess unique and discernable qualities, which could come from nowhere else on earth.
The steep slopes and rocky soils of the renowned Gap’s Crown Vineyard perennially stress the vine. In 2017, extreme temperature fluctuations added to the stress resulted in exceptionally tiny berries. These berries imparted deep cherry concentration, as well as layers of flavor and complexity to the wine. Whole cluster fermentation enhanced the long, complex finish.
At 1,200 feet elevation, the Walala Vineyard rises above the fog to ensure ample sunlight that brings grapes to full ripeness. Close proximity to the Pacific Ocean extends hang time, and cool evening temperatures maintain bright, balanced acidity. Our 2017 Walala Pinot noir reveals alluring tropical notes, deep character, and textbook Sojourn mouthfeel.
Our flagship Pinot noir, produced by Sojourn since 2004, comes from the Sangiacomo Vineyard on the western base of Sonoma Mountain. Cool ocean breezes and fog from the Petaluma Gap help develop complex flavors and balanced acidity in grapes. The moderate 2017 vintage gave this wine deep, classic Pinot noir flavors with hints of forest floor and earth.
Rodgers Creek Vineyard, in the heart of the Petaluma Gap, is one of the coolest and foggiest growing regions in Sonoma County–perfect for Pinot noir. Unique soils and the dominance of the Pommard clone from Burgundy give our 2017 vintage signature earth and mushroom notes to complement its bright red fruit. Silky tannins promise extended cellaring potential.
Crafted from eight unique lots–comprising Sangiacomo, Rodgers Creek, Gap’s Crown and Dorothy Cameron vineyards, to name a few–our Sonoma Coast Pinot noir is a polished blend that offers robust flavors, impeccable balance, and an exceptional texture that carries over a long finish. This wine represents one of the best values in the Sojourn portfolio.
Reuling Vineyard is planted to three unique Pinot noir clones: Calera and two distinct “suitcase” clones from the Vosne-Romanée region of Burgundy. This impressive and distinctive wine from the 2017 vintage opens with complex aromas of earth and forest floor that lead notes of dark cherry, mushroom and truffle.
Ridgetop Vineyard lies atop the mountains along the northwest Sonoma Coast near the town of Annapolis. Buffeted by Pacific Ocean breezes, vines here undergo a beneficial struggle, producing only miniscule yields with concentrated flavors, provocative aromatics and silky, supple texture. This Sojourn fan favorite, produced since 2009, sells out quickly each year.
Riddle Vineyard sits on a coastal ridge in Green Valley near the town of Occidental, a rugged section of the West Sonoma Coast that overlooks the iconic Pinot noir sites of the region. Our 2017 Riddle Vineyard Pinot noir showcases intriguing, concentrated bramble berry character supported by ample structure from silky tannins.
Wohler Vineyard sits in the heart of the acclaimed Russian River Valley, within sight of the Russian River and the historic Wohler Bridge. This wine is a blockbuster with expressive aromas that explode from the glass. We source grapes from five distinct blocks within the vineyard providing richness and density as the foundation of the blend, as well as a bright fruit, elegance and earthiness.
This blend from five vineyard sites–including Wohler, Riddle, Pratt and Reuling Vineyards–offers a beautiful expression of the cool climates and loamy soils that Pinot noir loves. The wine’s vivid, complex fruit character is accented with earthy notes, balanced by bright acidity, and supported by silky tannins.