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2014 Sascha Marie Pinot Noir

2014 Sascha Marie

Pinot Noir

SONOMA COASTsonoma county


ALLOCATION LIST: $46.80
RETAIL: $52.00


TASTING NOTES

“Cool-climate” is not a one-dimensional term and has many renditions. Roberts Road vineyard in the eastern Petaluma Gap is a cool-climate site benefiting from coastal air currents that travel a geographic wind tunnel right through the region. This means dramatic temperature drops at night, one of the prerequisites for a cool-climate vineyard. But for about a 4-hour window, afternoon temperatures can get much higher here than out in Freestone. And that allows us to craft a Sascha Marie Pinot Noir that is full of wonderfully rich fruit and body, while still retaining all the layering and complexity of a cool-climate wine.  

Based on Roberts Road, but completed with contributions from four other sites, we assembled this blend intending to create a cellar star, yet find ourselves reaching for it early and often. Darker and more densely packed than its siblings in our lineup, Sascha’s bursts with black fruits – black cherry, framboise and dark plums. All backed up by brooding earth and mineral notes made complete with 60% new French oak. Balance is always the name of the game, but you can be sure this Pinot has a full personality and veritably gushes with flavor. In a word? Yum!

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: late 2016 through 2020
Graceful ageability: 2021+

VINEYARDS

56% Roberts Road, 16% Stiling, 16% Grand Vent, 8% V-C Ranch, 4% Rayhill

CLONES

44% Swan, 28% 777, 18% Pommard, 4.5% 115, 3% 113, 2.5% 667

STATS

pH: 3.71  |  TA: 6.0 g/L  |  Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: November 24, 2015 |  Release: Spring 2016
Cases Produced: 306

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