2013 Gravel Knob Vineyard Pinot Noir
About the wine
One small section of the Gloria Ferrer Estate vineyards produces Pinot Noir of incomparable quality. Gravel Knob, as the name implies, has rocky soils, which causes the vines to struggle, putting all their effort into the fruit. This wine showcases Sonoma Carneros Pinot Noir at its finest, and is only available to purchase through our wine club.
The Gravel Knob vineyard is comprised of several blocks on the hillside closest to the winery, our Home Ranch. Only a small selection of the grapes from this 30-acre vineyard block is used to craft this unique Pinot Noir with impressive and intricate flavors.
The 2013 growing season began with an early spring that was warm and dry. This beautiful weather continued on through bloom and fruit set was excellent. Coming off vintage 2012, which delivered exceptionally high yields; we did not expect to see another heavy year.
Fortunately, with the beautiful weather the vines set a very high number of heavy grape clusters. We set new records for our vineyard crew for tons picked in a day, and for our winery for tons pressed in a day. Without any heat spikes or significant rain, all of the fruit was picked at optimal maturity and it came to the winery in excellent condition to produce outstanding wines.
Grapes for this Pinot Noir were handpicked, de-stemmed, and lightly crushed followed by a two-day cold soak fermentation. Meticulous cluster and shoot thinning helped promote extraordinary depth in the fruit. The Gravel Knob was aged for nine months on French Oak barrels to provide the structure that is so distinctive in this particular wine.
The bright red fruit in this elegant, estate grown Pinot Noir make a great match alongside salmon or tuna (try grilled or with a teriyaki glaze), roasted duck breast, and rack of lamb. For a decedent treat, try pairing it alongside fresh figs and smoked gouda.
More food pairings & recipes on our blog, The Glorious Life.