Wayfarer Fort Ross - Seaview Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 Red Wine

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Wayfarer Fort Ross - Seaview Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 Red Wine

Sonoma Coast, CA

If you want to treat yourself or someone else to the epitome of FANTASTIC Pinot Noirs, this would be one to snag! It’s got everything we love in a Pinot Noir – fruit, earth, and spice - in perfect balance. Oh, what a great wine!

95 pts. James Suckling:

"This has very complex aromas of primary fruit, wild herbs, blue fruit and a spicy, meaty edge. Assertive oak meets rich fruit. The palate is impressively pure, supple and richly flavored with blueberries and cherries. Such concentrated and delicious, darker-fruited pinot here."

95 pts. Jeb Dunnuck:

"The largest production cuvée based on a mix of clones, the 2017 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard was mostly de-stemmed and spent 15 months in 50-60% new French oak. It reveals a bright ruby-tinged color and offers a feminine style in its notes of raspberries, flowers, rose hips, and spice. It’s fine, incredibly elegant, has fine tannins, and just glides over the palate."

94 pts. Wine Enthusiast:

"Smoky oak lies beneath thick tangy red fruit laced in high-toned acidity that takes on a quality of citrus in this bold and beautiful estate wine. Full bodied, with plenty of power, it displays remarkable grace that contrasts and complements the firm structured tannin."

93 pts. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"The 2017 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard is made from the 11 different clones grown on the property. Medium ruby-purple, it features crushed gravel, cranberry, sliced blueberry, rhubarb, moss-covered bark and stewed black tea leaves with hints of classy new oak. Medium-bodied, it has an intense fruit core with earthy accents, a silky, rounded texture and a soft frame of grainy tannins. It has juicy freshness and a long finish. This is a full, lush style with satisfying nuance and layering."

92 pts. Wine Spectator:

"Very creamy, featuring pastry notes to the inky red plum, sandalwood and dried berry flavors. Mocha latte details show on the rich finish, with medium-grained tannins."



This cuvée of 12 Pinot Noir clones, from our estate on the rugged Sonoma Coast, exhibits deep ruby and garnet color in the glass. Aromas of raspberry, strawberry, spiced cherry pie and stone fruit mingle with delicate floral notes of rose petal and violet, grounded by hints of forest floor and accented by flinty mineral notes. Bright raspberry characters on the palate are balanced by crisp acidity and delicate tannins. Notes of dark chocolate, tamarind, and powdery earth linger on the finish. This elegant wine will continue to develop complexity in the bottle over the next 10 years.


2017 saw the largest accumulated rainfall in recent history at Wayfarer; 86 inches in total. Much of that rainfall occurred in January and February, while the vines were dormant. Wayfarer enjoyed moderate temperatures and clear skies through spring allowing for steady growth in the vines and a consistent bloom. June encountered one of the warmer stretches on record for the month. After a very wet winter, it proved to be a wonderful balance for the vines helping to dry the wet soils and reduce the potential for substantial vigor. Harvest commenced in early September, as the temperatures became cooler, allowing the vines to gradually ripen. Not wanting to rush the vines, we patiently waited and wrapped up harvest in early October.


We handpicked the fruit from each vine and delivered the cool clusters to the winery before sunrise. We then hand-sorted and de-stemmed the fruit before transferring to tank, where five to seven days of cold maceration preceded more than two weeks of 100% native yeast fermentation. The free-run wine was transferred to 58% new French oak from cooperages including François Frères, Rousseau, and Remond for 15 months of aging.

Harvested September 9 - October 5, 2017
Bottled December 10, 2018
Alcohol 14.5%
ph 3.51
Production 1500 cases

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