2014 Cherry Tart Pinot Noir
by Cherry Pie
While walking through a new vineyard for his now famous Cherry Pie Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir, Winemaker Jayson Woodbridge was struck with a new concept: applying his “micro fermentation” technique used on Cherry Pie to create a three vineyard, multi-regional blend. Utilizing the unique taste and flavor profiles of three distinct vineyards, we combined our artisan micro winemaking approach of its namesake Cherry Pie, small individual lots are micro fermented in puncheon barrels. The result: Cherry Tart redefines artisan Pinot Noir.
A Blend of Three Vineyards
Rogers Creek Vineyard: Located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, the vineyard rests on a ridge in the Petaluma Wind Gap; the Gap is important, as it is a low spot in the Sonoma Coast Range that allows a constant flow of cool air directly from the Pacific Ocean. Well-draining White Rhyolite Volcanic Ash soils allow the earthiness of the Pommard & 777 Clones to shine.
Alta Loma Vineyard: Located in the Monterey County AVA, near the Santa Lucia AVA and overlooking the Salinas River Valley. Alta Loma is planted on Arroyo Seco gravelly loam soil. These sparse, well-drained soils reduce yields, creating rich, concentrated flavors in the fruit.
Los Alamos Vineyard: Tucked into a canyon in Santa Barbara County that leads directly to the Pacific Ocean, the sandy soils, bright sunshine and very cool ocean breezes combine to lengthen fruit ripening and extend hang time, resulting in intense aromatics and great acidity.
Cherry Pie defines a winemaking approach and technique created by cult winemaker Jayson Woodbridge whereby a micro fermentation approach is applied to a single-vineyard wine. Each vineyard lot is fermented in open top oak puncheons to allow more complexity and variety in the phenolic, aromatic and avor components of the wine. This micro-fermentation produces a completely unique representation of the fruit from each vineyard.
The 2014 Cherry Tart Pinot Noir jumps from the glass with aromas of raspberry, nutmeg, sandalwood and light smokiness, lifted by a floral note. Silky and delicate up front, with ripe acidity framing the rich, sweet flavors of red berries, red cherry and earth. Offers good fat without excess weight, finishing with a fine dusting of tannins and very good length.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellations: 42% Monterey County; 36% Sonoma Coast; 22% Santa Barbara County
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 20% New