Gravel Knob Vineyard
About the wine
The Gravel Knob vineyard is comprised of several blocks on the hillside closest to the winery, our Home Ranch. One small section of the 30-acre block 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 nose opens with rounded raspberry and black cherry aromas. On the palate there are flavors of intense cranberry and blackberry pie with a dusting of cocoa that meld into a softness with balanced acidity and a fine structure that combine to make this a beautiful wine.
Individual vineyard lots were hand picked, destemmed, partially crushed and cold-soaked for 2 days to extract color and flavors.
Three times per day they are on a punchdown or pumpover schedule, tailored to each lot to extract the fruit characters. The wine is then aged for 9 month in 100% French oak with 38% new oak barrels.
The growing season of 2016 got off to another early start. Mild weather through the summer allowed the grapes to ripen at a moderate rate developing deep and intense character. As a result of the early spring, harvest came in early also, beginning a full 2 ½ weeks earlier than average. But mild weather through the harvest brought the fruit in at a slow pace allowing us to pick each block at its optimal ripeness and get the fruit into the winery early in the day and cold. The yields were average and the fruit quality was excellent.
What the critics say about the 2014 vintage…
“Pale ruby colored, the 2014 Gravel Knob Pinot noir offers a pretty perfume on the nose of roses and violets over a core of red cherries and black raspberries plus a waft of fragrant herbs. the medium to full-bodied palate really packs in the fruit with tons of perfumed red berry characters on offer, supported by solid, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness.”– 91 pts, robert parker wine advocate (2017)
Bright red fruit flavors of cranberry and black cherry blend together providing a profile fit for roast pork loin with thyme and a Bing cherry reduction. Smoked duck breast with cranberry allspice compote or even oven roasted caramelized root vegetables. Slight touches of oak combined with luminous acidity compliments aged hard cheeses such as Pecorino Romano, Smoked Gouda or Cave Aged Dry Jack.