2014 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 nose comes on with intense dried strawberry, brown spices and some toasty sweet oak. The mouth continues and adds some black cherry, with bramble and a touch of cedar. The body is moderate with a smooth mouthfeel all the way to the bright finish.
Individual vineyard lots were destemmed, partially crushed and cold-soaked for 2 days to extract color and flavors. Three times a day punchdown or pumpover schedule was tailored to each lot to extract the fruit characters. The juice is then barrel fermented and aged in French oak barrels with 33% new oak for 9 months.
The 2014 growing season got off to an early start with budbreak about two weeks earlier than average. A late winter weather system brought in enough rain to supply the vines through bloom, and mild warm spring weather gave us good fruit set. Mild weather through the growing season without rain events or heat spikes was optimal for the development of the fruit. The early spring brought on an early harvest with average size yields of excellent fruit. This is looking to be an outstanding vintage.
What the critics say…
“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)
Sweet oak and brown spices engage together with smoked Carnitas tamales with wild rice pilaf and dried cranberries. Black cherry and cedar blend together providing a profile fit for rack of lamb with roasted cherries and mint jelly. The toasted oak compliments aged hard cheeses such as Pecorino Romano, Gouda or Mezzo Secco.
More food pairings & recipes on our blog, The Glorious Life.