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2014 Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Alcohol %
14.3

2014 Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir

Green Valley of the Russian River

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: 14MPSDPN7A

Each and every vintage I can depend on this small Green Valley vineyard on a rolling hillside to declare itself a Pinot apart from most other expressions I’m fortunate to make. The powerful drum-line is always the same with Sundawg: In every vintage, this small vineyard on a rolling hillside in the warmest part of Green Valley is the first to harvest. We can set our winemaker’s watch by it, knowing with some certainty that the other vineyards will fall into line right behind it, if not necessarily quickly. Overall, the 2014 vintage might be described as ‘feminine’ but Sundawg is traditionally opulent, big and rich, with a noticeable influence of the dominant Pommard clone planted here. Bright lively acids are framed with tart cranberry, sour cherry and pomegranate, a brawny expression built for the cellar, and rewarding for those with the strength to be patient.

Winemaking:

  • Grapes were hand picked and hand sorted twice, 100% de-stemmed
  • 5 pre-fermentation cold maceration
  • Blend of native fermentation and BM45, RC212, BGY yeasts
  • Native malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Battonage weekly for three months
  • Aged 11 months sur lie in French oak, 33% new, balance once and twice filled
  • New French Oak Coopers: Dargaud & Jaegle Borgougne, Leroi Harmonie, Atelier COF, Orion B, Rousseau VIDEO
  • Bottled 100% unfined and lightly filtered on August 4, 2015

Clones: 115 | Pommard | Calera

Production: 18 barrels produced

ACCOLADES

~ 92 Pts. "Outstanding" / “Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of cherry, peppery spices, earth and sweet oak. Highly seductive in the mouth with a lush texture and ripe flavors of strawberry, black cherry and black raspberry. A very polished and harmonious wine with good energy, deft barrel management and a grand finish. Considerably better the following day when tasted from a previously opened and recorked bottle.” - Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile

Wine Profile
Ratings
~ 91 Pts. / "Spicy cherry nose; silky smooth and spicy with savory notes and bright cherry fruit; long and mellow, juicy and balanced." - Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine
2014 Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir
2014 Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir

2014 Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir

Green Valley of the Russian River

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: 14MPSDPN7A
In Stock

Each and every vintage I can depend on this small Green Valley vineyard on a rolling hillside to declare itself a Pinot apart from most other expressions I’m fortunate to make. The powerful drum-line is always the same with Sundawg: In every vintage, this small vineyard on a rolling hillside in the warmest part of Green Valley is the first to harvest. We can set our winemaker’s watch by it, knowing with some certainty that the other vineyards will fall into line right behind it, if not necessarily quickly. Overall, the 2014 vintage might be described as ‘feminine’ but Sundawg is traditionally opulent, big and rich, with a noticeable influence of the dominant Pommard clone planted here. Bright lively acids are framed with tart cranberry, sour cherry and pomegranate, a brawny expression built for the cellar, and rewarding for those with the strength to be patient.

Winemaking:

  • Grapes were hand picked and hand sorted twice, 100% de-stemmed
  • 5 pre-fermentation cold maceration
  • Blend of native fermentation and BM45, RC212, BGY yeasts
  • Native malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Battonage weekly for three months
  • Aged 11 months sur lie in French oak, 33% new, balance once and twice filled
  • New French Oak Coopers: Dargaud & Jaegle Borgougne, Leroi Harmonie, Atelier COF, Orion B, Rousseau VIDEO
  • Bottled 100% unfined and lightly filtered on August 4, 2015

Clones: 115 | Pommard | Calera

Production: 18 barrels produced

ACCOLADES

~ 92 Pts. "Outstanding" / “Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of cherry, peppery spices, earth and sweet oak. Highly seductive in the mouth with a lush texture and ripe flavors of strawberry, black cherry and black raspberry. A very polished and harmonious wine with good energy, deft barrel management and a grand finish. Considerably better the following day when tasted from a previously opened and recorked bottle.” - Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile

Vintage
2014
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Alcohol %
14.3

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