2015 THE FORAGER Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

The FORAGER Pinot Noir

"Brilliant bottles of Pinot Noir that over deliver."
- San Francisco Chronicle

  • THE FORAGER Pinot Noir illustrates that careful, experienced selection, blending and maturation of Pinot Noir lots grown in diverse coastal locations can deliver delicious flavors and interest.
  • Excellent low yielding sites, classic low-impact Burgundian winemaking techniques and careful maturation in top new French oak capture the typicity of these sites - and the purity of this noble red grape variety.

Price: $27 per bottle

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"Refreshingly clean and vibrant, with well-structured flavors of snappy raspberry and wild berry, offering firm tannins and a complex aftertaste that echoes dusty, earthy details. Outstanding! 90 POINTS"
- James Laube, The Wine Spectator, June 2015
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"Excellent Pinot Noir, in a complex style. It is full bodied, supple in texture, moderately intense in flavor (cherry, toast, plum, cocoa, herbs), and smooth and long on finish. Excellent value! 4+ Stars!"
Restaurant Wine, Ronn Weigand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, August 2014

"Bright red. Aromas of black raspberry and dried rose, with a touch of earthiness coming up with air. Tightly wound red berry and bitter cherry flavors slowly unfold and show a bit of pepper. Aeration brings out sweetness and depth, along with a note of cola. Closes with good spicy cut and slightly firm tannins that give grip. Excellent!"
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July 2014

"A beautifully cherry-ish Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir."
- San Francisco Examiner, November 2013


In 2015 we had beautiful sunny skies and clear, cool nights throughout the entire season and the vintage will likely go down in the books as “exceptional” along the Sonoma Coast. It allowed us to tinker along the seams, to refine the minutiae, rather than make broad strokes to save a crop - or glean the best from not-so-great lots and cull out the ones to sell off. Mother Nature made it easy for us.


The complexity of our 2015 Pinot Noir comes from six clones grown in two locales on the chilly Sonoma Coast, a terrific spot for exemplary cool-climate Pinot Noir. Both sites were hand-pruned and picked. The soils in these low yielding, wind-swept sites range from the famed “Goldridge” to shallow gravelly loams. Each site and clone provided different aromas, flavors & structure and we developed the blend from these diverse components. The first site, representing 60% of the vintage, is less than seven miles from the coast, west of Sebastopol at an elevation of almost 700 feet with 15 degree slope. It was densely planted a decade ago and features Guyot training with 16-18 clusters per vine of 115, 777, 667 and Calera clones. The second site (40% of the vintage) is situated northwest of Forestville and offers clones 828 and 115 and contributes richness and depth.


Hand-harvested between September 12 and 30, these compact Pinot Noir bunches were hand-sorted, mostly destemmed, crushed and cold soaked for 2 days in five-ton open-top fermenters. A small portion went whole cluster adding nice “grip”. Fermentation began naturally and was completed with cultured Burgundian yeast. Moderate fermentation temperatures (87°F) and 1 pigeage (punch-downs) per day helped build structure, color and texture. After a gentle press, ML took place in barrel followed by eleven months maturation (no racking) which contributed nuanced spiciness and a velvety mouth-feel. We call our wine THE FORAGER to illustrate how growing, gathering & judiciously blending small lots of delicious Pinot Noir can deliver serious flavor and interest.


Regional Composition: Sonoma Coast AVA 100%
Varietal Composition: Clone/Selections: 115, 777, 667, 828, Calera
Maturation: 45% New French Barrels for 11 months

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