Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir 2016 Red Wine

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Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir 2016

Sonoma Coast AVA, CA

We're big fans of Flowers' Pinot Noirs. To us, they're the benchmark for quality wines from the Sonoma Coast AVA. Quality and class, all the way! If you've been enjoying Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, just wait until you try the Sea View Ridge! It's incredible!

94 pts. Jeb Dunnuck: "In the same ballpark quality-wise, the 2016 Pinot Noir Sea View Ridge Vineyard offers more smoked red and black fruits as well as some marine characteristics, spice, and ample brambly herbs. A richer, medium to full-bodied, flamboyant wine, it still has a terrific sense of elegance and purity. Aged 15 months in 25% new French oak, drink it over the coming 7-8 years."

93 pts .Wine Spectator: "Pure and powerfully juicy, with concentrated red plum, currant jelly and dried strawberry flavors that are well-framed by toasty notes. The supple finish offers vibrant minerality. Drink now through 2023."


TASTING NOTES

The 2016 Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir boasts a dark ruby hue. On the palate, intense cranberry and ripe Bing cherry are complemented by bay leaf and sweet oak spices of cinnamon and graham cracker. It's powerfully juicy, with a long supple finish, hinting of coastal salinity. Its beautiful, fruit-driven characteristics perfectly capture the elegance of our Sea View Ridge Estate Vineyard.

VINTAGE NOTES

The 2016 growing season was a welcomed one for the Flowers team when compared to the turbulent year prior. Much-needed winter rains came in December and January, which broke the dry cycle from the last four years, filling ponds and replenishing nutrients in our soils. Temperatures were cool enough on the estate to postpone bud break to the beginning of March, still early but not compared to prior years. A warm spring hinted at the potential of an accelerated growing season, providing fully developed clusters. Mild summer temperatures resulted in even ripening, and the balanced presence of coastal fog brought the phenolic chemistry of the fruit to optimal harvest levels during late August.

WINEGROWING NOTES

Sourced entirely from our organically farmed Sea View Ridge Vineyard planted in 1998, these older vines produce fruit with layers of complexity and wines with exceptional natural acidity. 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 ridgetops 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.

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, 25% new, for 15 months and filtered prior to bottling.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Aging: 100% French oak, 25% new for 15 months
Alcohol: 13.5%

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