Rodgers Creek ~ 2014 ~ Sonoma Coast
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: 100% Sonoma Coast
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 30% New
Rodgers Creek Vineyard is in the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard is on a low ridge in the Petaluma Wind Gap, a low spot in the Sonoma Coast Range that allows a constant cool flow of air directly from the Pacific Ocean. Well-draining White Rhyolite Volcanic Ash soils prevail in the vineyard allowing the earthiness of our favorite Pommard & 777 Clones to shine.
At an elevation of 1200 feet, the Rodgers Creek Vineyard receives two key ingredients – a full day of sun and blasts of ice cold air. While much of the Sonoma Coast is buried in fog until mid-morning, Rodgers Creek sees the sunshine from day break. The berries are allowed to fully ripen while the gusts from the Pacific manage the cluster temperature – never over-ripening the fruit. The result is a well-balanced wine with highly defined aromatics and tannins.
We carefully chose the blocks for micro-lot fermentation to isolate the individual flavors and aromas. The wine was fermented in 500 liter French Oak Puncheons and punched down by hand. The wine was aged in French Oak, a portion of which was the same puncheons the wine was fermented in that very year. The wine was never racked or filtered, and rested ‘sur lie’ for the entire aging period.
Our 2014 Rodgers Creek is an idyllic, ripe Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Ruby to garnet in the glass – the nose offers gorgeous, juicy layers of blueberries, raspberries and bramble with smoky bacon and delicate hints of mineral and pastoral earth. The palate is luscious and filling. Big, round and satisfying – this Pinot Noir finishes with even more blueberries, smoked meat and toasty vanilla.