2018 Sophie James Estate Pinot Noir
2018 Sophie James Pinot Noir
The Sophie James 2018 Estate Pinot Noir is sourced entirely from Pinot Noir organically grown on the Sophie James Estate property at 2,340 feet elevation, at the very top of Sonoma Mountain.
The vineyard’s distinct terroir, a combination of rocky volcanic and red loam clay soils, high elevation, the extreme mountaintop climate and its severe weather fluctuations - coupled with organic farming - contributes to the perfect storm for premium-quality fruit bearing the unique aromatic and flavor profiles of one of Northern California’s coveted mountaintop vineyards.
Sophie James’s Estate Pinot Noir was hand-harvested before dawn on September 28th, 2018 to take advantage of the cool, foggy conditions before sunrise. The 2018 vintage marks the first year of working with consulting winemaker Scott Schultz of Jolie-Laide acclaim.
The fruit was 10% whole-cluster foot-tread upon arrival at the winery. The remainder was destemmed and moved into stainless steel tanks for fermentation, then pressed and transferred to age in a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels.
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