2015 Pinot Noir Pillow Road Vineyard
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
The Pillow Road vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, southwest of the city of Sebastopol, in an area affectionately known as the Sebastopol Hills. Located just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and featuring the ideal Goldridge sandy loam soils, the vines at Pillow Road vineyard thrive in ideal climatic conditions, yielding beautiful expressions of cool-climate Pinot Noir. First planted in 2008, the Pillow Road vineyard features Pinot Noir clones Calera, Swan, Dijon 777 and Pommard 4, all of which complement each other in the final blend.
The 2015 Ladera Pinot Noir grapes were harvested at night, then hand sorted and gently de-stemmed to small open-top fermenters where the fruit underwent a 7 day “cold soak” to extract maximum fruit character. Once fermentation started, gentle maceration techniques were employed to ensure proper extraction was reached. The wine was drained without pressing and aged in 65% new French oak barrels for 15 months.
The 2015 Ladera Pinot Noir exhibits the quality and depth of the vintage, beautifully showcasing the Pillow Road vineyard and all it has to offer. In the glass, the wine reveals a vibrant ruby hue with enticing fruit aromas of boysenberry and black cherry, complimented with notes of savory and baking spice. The harmonious palate is pure and focused, packed with ripe red fruits, firm tannins and a lifting acidity.Vineyard Notes