2018 Banshee Sullivan Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Mountain
This big, bold pinot noir is mouth filling, lush and aromatic, expressing its rugged mountain man roots, with aromatics of aromatics of strawberries and whiskey barrels. A solid, masculine pinot noir with a lingering finish and firm, structured tannins.
100% Sullivan Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain. The 2,400-foot Sonoma Mountain range rises above the town of Glen Ellen, at the western edge of the Valley of the Moon. Found here are high-altitude, steep-sloped vineyards including the Four Brothers/Sullivan vineyard. The rugged mountainous terrain is in the heart of Jack London territory.
Hand picked on September 26th, 2018 and sorted before being destemmed. Native yeast fermentation after a four-day cold soak with gentle, manual punch-downs. Unlike previous vintages we did not use any whole cluster in the ferment. Aging for 15 months in French oak barrels, 33% new (Allary, Cavin, Rousseau, Tremeaux and Francois Freres barrels).
The 2018 growing season started cooler than in previous years. Despite a longer than normal bloom period, there was great set throughout pinot noir vineyards on Sonoma Mountain. With moderate summer temperatures and few heat spikes, the growing season was long and gradual. This longer hang time gave time for the grapes to develop complex flavors and great tannin structure. 2018 was an excellent growing season with moderate yields, lush flavors and nice balanced acidity.
100% Pinot Noir from Sullivan Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain.