Rodgers Creek | 2015 | Sonoma Coast
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.
The 2015 Rodgers Creek Pinot Noir captures the Petaluma Gap region’s wind signature. Raspberry and cranberry notes shine through, giving way to juicy blackberry and toasted vanilla. The palate is full-bodied, with dark plum and blackberry notes that balance the wine’s cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. The long finish is predominantly juicy, but graced with delicate toast and baking spice notes resulting from the wine’s time aging in oak.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: 100% Sonoma Coast
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 30% New