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2016 Gravel Knob Vineyard Pinot Noir

2016 Gravel Knob Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Gravel Knob vineyard is comprised of several blocks on the hillside closest to the winery, on 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.
from $37.5 - $50
93

Points
Sunset Magazine

2016 Gravel Knob Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Gravel Knob vineyard is comprised of several blocks on the hillside closest to the winery, on 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.
from $37.5 - $50

Tasting Notes

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 well-balanced acidity. These flavors combined with fine structure to make this a beautiful wine.
93
Points
Sunset Magazine

2016 Gravel Knob Vineyard Pinot Noir

Food Pairings

Try with roast pork loin with thyme and a Bing cherry reduction. Smoked duck breast with cranberry allspice compote or oven roasted caramelized root vegetables would also make great pairings. Slight touches of oak combined with luminous acidity complements aged hard cheeses such as Pecorino Romano, Smoked Gouda or Cave Aged Dry Jack.

Additional Information

  • Composition100% Estate Pinot Noir
  • Aging9 months
  • AppellationCarneros
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • TA0.57 g/100 ml
  • pH3.76

The growing season of 2016 got off to an early start with mild weather through the summer allowing the grapes to ripen at a moderate rate developing deep and intense character. As a result of the early spring, harvest came early too, beginning a full 2 1⁄2 weeks earlier than average. Mild weather through the harvest brought the fruit in at a slow pace allowing us to pick each block at its optimal ripeness. The yields were average & the fruit quality was excellent.