Beau Ridge Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014
By Beau Ridge
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County
The 2014 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With no surprises throughout the growing season, temperatures were consistently favorable and even, resulting in notably healthy vines, as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The overall dry season made for a short harvest — one of the earliest and most condensed of recent memory. 2014 was also a bountiful vintage.
This Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir hails from our estate vineyard, tucked away in the far northwest corner of the Carneros appellation. The soils on our vineyards are variations of volcanic origin. Individual vineyards average only 8 acres in size, and the spacing is dense, to ensure low per vine yields of fully concentrated fruit.
The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir undergoes cold maceration and small lot open-top fermentation, with extended time on the skins, and is then aged for twelve months in the finest French oak barrels (25% new). This deliberate lesser percentage of new oak enhances the wine’s dimension and structure, allowing the beautiful fruit flavors to take center stage. The wines are subject to a rigorous selection process, whereby only the best casks are chosen for the final blend. The goal is to produce a Pinot Noir that is of the highest quality, and reflects the unique terroir of our vineyards.
Color: Bright ruby red
Aroma: Fresh Bing cherry, cola spice, vanilla
Taste: Cranberry, cream soda, sarsparilla.
Finish: Rich creamy oak with fresh red berry backbone.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]