Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Goldrock Estate 2019, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

In the far northwest corner of the Sonoma Coast appellation, near the town of Annapolis, the vineyard sits just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, and provides a poignant setting for producing pinot noir with elegance, great precision, and intensity. At a height of 550 ft. above sea level, the vineyard rises just above the fog line to provide cooler climate conditions. Perched on the second coastal mountain ridge and located in Annapolis, CA, this heavily maritime influenced vineyard is on the edge of pinot noir and chardonnay viticulture and one of the most sought after sites in western Sonoma Coast. 43.6 planted acres with full exposure and gently undulating slopes from 5 to 23 percent. Soil: goldridge fne sandy loam. Winemaking: Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 13% whole cluster inclusion. Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. 5-day cold soak, 18 day maceration. Gentle punchdowns. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 55% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2019. Tasting notes: “Our second vintage shows deep ruby and lifted aromas of fresh violet, Bing cherry, and hint of sea salt. The texture is focused with silky tannins and well-defined flavors of blueberry, orange peel, savory thyme and Asian spices that are accompanied by an abundance of acidity that follows through the long finish. Alcohol 14.1%”