2017 Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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VINTAGE NOTES



The 2017 growing season began with sustained and intense rainfall. Prolonged



heat in July was followed by much-needed cooler weather in August allowing for



complex flavor development. With strong heat in September, Mother Nature brought



challenges, but our estate vines acted with resilience and poise throughout the heat



conditions. Cool marine air arrived just in time for harvest, a welcome respite



for a challenging growing season. The result of the 2017 vintage is wonderfully



expressive, estate-focused wines that convey a vivid sense of time and place. Warmer



temperatures in 2017 translated to a beautiful intensity of fruit and a supple, evolved



texture. Already enticing in the glass, the wines will grow even more alluring as they age.



 



WINEGROWING NOTES



Sourced entirely from our organically farmed Sea View Ridge Vineyard. Given the



extremes of this site, including elevations of 1,400 to 1,875 feet, each small block



ripens at its own pace. The soils on the ridge tops are shallow and rocky with a mix



of volcanic soils in the lower blocks and broken sandstone and shale higher up, which



naturally restrains yields. Clonal selections of 2A, Swan, Calera, and 777 formed the



primary source for the final blend. Planted in 1998, these older vines produce fruit



with layers of complexity and wines with exceptional natural acidity.



 



WINEMAKING NOTES



All fruit (95% de-stemmed, 5% whole-cluster) was hand-picked and rigorously



hand-sorted prior to going directly into small open-top fermenters. A cold soak at



50 degrees for 5 days prior to native fermentation was performed and followed



by an average maceration period of 17 days. The cap was kept moist by daily gentle



punchdowns. Free-run wine was drained and cellared in 100% French oak, 23%



new, for 14 months and filtered prior to bottling.



 



TECHNICAL INFORMATION



Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir



Aging: 100% French Oak, 23% new, for 14 months



Alcohol: 13.5%



Total Acidity: 5.6 g/L



pH: 3.5


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