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Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Sundawg Ridge
Harvest Date
September 2 & 9, 2013
Sugar
24.6 - 25 Brix
Acid
.59 gms/100ml
pH
3.59
Aging
Aged sur lie in 35% new French Oak for 16 months
Bottling Date
February 23, 2015
Alcohol %
14.5

2013 Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir

Green Valley of the Russian River Valley

In the mid 1990s Nancy Winn and Chuck Kensler retired and moved from Palo Alto to bucolic western Sonoma County, among old Apple orchards and Chestnut groves, just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. They met Jim Pratt and took a community college winegrowing class from him, deciding to grow grapes on the sloping hill of their Green Valley home, named after the sun refractions that cause a beautiful light display (although we’ve also heard that Sundawg was Chuck’s nickname in his surfing days). Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in 2000, the vineyard sits above the morning fog line and is just reaching its prime, producing distinctive fruit that lingers on the vine and develops great depth of flavor.

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SKU: 13MPSDPN7A

Each and every vintage we can depend on this small Green Valley vineyard on a rolling hillside to declare itself a Pinot apart from most other expressions we're fortunate to make. The powerful drum-line is always the same with Sundawg: earthy, rich and dark from the Calera clone with spicy notes from the Pommard clone. Pomegranate leads the flavor explosion, backed by wild cherry. Toasty oak spice trends exotic, but doesn’t overpower the dominant red fruit. Bigger, richer, more opulent than most, it takes a bit longer to evolve and show itself, but it’s always worth the wait. Fans of this wine – and there are many – won’t be disappointed with this edition.

Winemaking:

  • Grapes were hand picked and hand sorted twice, 100% de-stemmed
  • 5 to 6-day pre-fermentation cold maceration
  • Blend of native fermentation and RC212 Native malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Battonage weekly for three months
  • Aged 16 months sur lie in French oak, 35% new, balance once and twice filled
  • Coopers: Cavin COF, Dargaud & Jaegle Sel. 1, Atelier COF (steam bent) Boutes Selection, Gamba A/N, Rousseau VIDEO
  • Bottled 100% unfined and lightly filtered on February 23, 2015

Clones: 115 | Pommard | Calera

Production: 26 barrels produced

 

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
~ 93 Points "Outstanding" / "“Tobacco-spiced rose makes this an intriguing red. Cinnamon tea and a raspberry peanut brittle make it even more exotic and delish. Wildly infatuated –Seriously smitten.” - Meredith May, Tasting Panel Magazine
Awards
~ 92 Points "Outstanding" / “Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas pick up interest and intensity over time in the glass, offering enticing notes of black raspberry, blackberry jam, prickly pear and spice. On entry, the explosion of dark red fruits really wakes up the palate. The wine exhibits adroit balance with a pleasing grip of acidity on the glorious finish that brings plenty of fruit to bear.” - Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile
Vineyard Notes
~ 91 Points /“Brawny but balanced with notes of raspberry and cherry, sumac, juniper berry, nutmeg and cinnamon.” - Catherine Fallis, MS Planet Grape
Production Notes
~ 91 Points "Outstanding" / “Smooth, toasty and fresh; juicy with ripe cherry, spice and notes of earth; long and balanced.” - Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine
Winemaker Notes
~ 90 Points "Gold Medal Wine" / "Green Valley is a sub-appellation within the world-famous Russian River Valley. The wine shows a dusty ruby color, with glints of orange. Toasted oak and paraffin aromas lead to earth, clove, and moderate cherry cola scents. The fruit gains more focus in the mouth, finishing with a chewy, tannic grip. Over the best part of a day, the tightly-wound wine slowly relaxed and showcased the fruit. This wine is built to cellar for a decade. Those too impatient to wait should splash decant several hours prior to serving. This Sundawg can run with the big dogs.” - Glen Frederiksen, WineLinesOnline ~ 90 Points / “Hazelnut and truffle compete for affection in this juicy, rounded, lovable wine, a full-bodied and structured example from the appellation, known for its at-times generous por­trait of tannin and wound-up concentration.” - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast ~ 90 Points / "A somber but entirely fresh nose consists of cherry cola, spice, plum and black raspberry aromas. There is both good volume and punch to the rounded and delicious medium weight flavors that possess good mid-palate density while delivering solid length on the nicely complex finale where the only nit is a mild touch of warmth. This relatively bold effort should reward a few years of cellaring though it could be enjoyed young too." - Allen Meadows' Burghound
Food Pairing Notes
~ Gold Star / “Big aromas of pomegranate, cherry, strawberry and plum, over vanilla and earthy spice. Smooth and full on the palate, with black cherry and raspberry flavors, over hints of anise and peppery toasted oak. Soft tannins with rich fruit flavors on the bold finish. Luscious.” - Santé Magazine
Other Notes
TASTING NOTES: Each and every vintage, we can depend on this small Green Valley vineyard on a rolling hillside to declare itself a Pinot apart from most other expressions we’re fortunate to make. The powerful drum-line is always the same with Sundawg: earthy, rich and dark from the Calera clone with spicy notes from the Pommard clone. Pomegranate leads the flavor explosion, backed by wild cherry. Toasty oak spice trends exotic, but doesn’t overpower the dominant red fruit. Bigger, richer, more opulent than most, it takes a bit longer to evolve and show itself, but it’s always worth the wait. Fans of this wine – and there are many – won’t be disappointed with this edition.
2013 Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir Image
2013 Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir Image

2013 Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir

Green Valley of the Russian River Valley

In the mid 1990s Nancy Winn and Chuck Kensler retired and moved from Palo Alto to bucolic western Sonoma County, among old Apple orchards and Chestnut groves, just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. They met Jim Pratt and took a community college winegrowing class from him, deciding to grow grapes on the sloping hill of their Green Valley home, named after the sun refractions that cause a beautiful light display (although we’ve also heard that Sundawg was Chuck’s nickname in his surfing days). Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in 2000, the vineyard sits above the morning fog line and is just reaching its prime, producing distinctive fruit that lingers on the vine and develops great depth of flavor.

Add To Cart
$49.00
 
SKU: 13MPSDPN7A
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Each and every vintage we can depend on this small Green Valley vineyard on a rolling hillside to declare itself a Pinot apart from most other expressions we're fortunate to make. The powerful drum-line is always the same with Sundawg: earthy, rich and dark from the Calera clone with spicy notes from the Pommard clone. Pomegranate leads the flavor explosion, backed by wild cherry. Toasty oak spice trends exotic, but doesn’t overpower the dominant red fruit. Bigger, richer, more opulent than most, it takes a bit longer to evolve and show itself, but it’s always worth the wait. Fans of this wine – and there are many – won’t be disappointed with this edition.

Winemaking:

  • Grapes were hand picked and hand sorted twice, 100% de-stemmed
  • 5 to 6-day pre-fermentation cold maceration
  • Blend of native fermentation and RC212 Native malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Battonage weekly for three months
  • Aged 16 months sur lie in French oak, 35% new, balance once and twice filled
  • Coopers: Cavin COF, Dargaud & Jaegle Sel. 1, Atelier COF (steam bent) Boutes Selection, Gamba A/N, Rousseau VIDEO
  • Bottled 100% unfined and lightly filtered on February 23, 2015

Clones: 115 | Pommard | Calera

Production: 26 barrels produced

 

Vintage
2013
Sugar
24.6 - 25 Brix
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Acid
.59 gms/100ml
Bottling Date
February 23, 2015
Vineyard Designation
Sundawg Ridge
Aging
Aged sur lie in 35% new French Oak for 16 months
Alcohol %
14.5
Harvest Date
September 2 & 9, 2013

Tasting Notes
~ 93 Points "Outstanding" / "“Tobacco-spiced rose makes this an intriguing red. Cinnamon tea and a raspberry peanut brittle make it even more exotic and delish. Wildly infatuated –Seriously smitten.” - Meredith May, Tasting Panel Magazine

Awards
~ 92 Points "Outstanding" / “Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas pick up interest and intensity over time in the glass, offering enticing notes of black raspberry, blackberry jam, prickly pear and spice. On entry, the explosion of dark red fruits really wakes up the palate. The wine exhibits adroit balance with a pleasing grip of acidity on the glorious finish that brings plenty of fruit to bear.” - Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile

Vineyard Notes
~ 91 Points /“Brawny but balanced with notes of raspberry and cherry, sumac, juniper berry, nutmeg and cinnamon.” - Catherine Fallis, MS Planet Grape

Production Notes
~ 91 Points "Outstanding" / “Smooth, toasty and fresh; juicy with ripe cherry, spice and notes of earth; long and balanced.” - Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine

Winemaker Notes
~ 90 Points "Gold Medal Wine" / "Green Valley is a sub-appellation within the world-famous Russian River Valley. The wine shows a dusty ruby color, with glints of orange. Toasted oak and paraffin aromas lead to earth, clove, and moderate cherry cola scents. The fruit gains more focus in the mouth, finishing with a chewy, tannic grip. Over the best part of a day, the tightly-wound wine slowly relaxed and showcased the fruit. This wine is built to cellar for a decade. Those too impatient to wait should splash decant several hours prior to serving. This Sundawg can run with the big dogs.” - Glen Frederiksen, WineLinesOnline ~ 90 Points / “Hazelnut and truffle compete for affection in this juicy, rounded, lovable wine, a full-bodied and structured example from the appellation, known for its at-times generous por­trait of tannin and wound-up concentration.” - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast ~ 90 Points / "A somber but entirely fresh nose consists of cherry cola, spice, plum and black raspberry aromas. There is both good volume and punch to the rounded and delicious medium weight flavors that possess good mid-palate density while delivering solid length on the nicely complex finale where the only nit is a mild touch of warmth. This relatively bold effort should reward a few years of cellaring though it could be enjoyed young too." - Allen Meadows' Burghound

Food Pairing Notes
~ Gold Star / “Big aromas of pomegranate, cherry, strawberry and plum, over vanilla and earthy spice. Smooth and full on the palate, with black cherry and raspberry flavors, over hints of anise and peppery toasted oak. Soft tannins with rich fruit flavors on the bold finish. Luscious.” - Santé Magazine

Other Notes
TASTING NOTES: Each and every vintage, we can depend on this small Green Valley vineyard on a rolling hillside to declare itself a Pinot apart from most other expressions we’re fortunate to make. The powerful drum-line is always the same with Sundawg: earthy, rich and dark from the Calera clone with spicy notes from the Pommard clone. Pomegranate leads the flavor explosion, backed by wild cherry. Toasty oak spice trends exotic, but doesn’t overpower the dominant red fruit. Bigger, richer, more opulent than most, it takes a bit longer to evolve and show itself, but it’s always worth the wait. Fans of this wine – and there are many – won’t be disappointed with this edition.

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