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2012 la pitchoune pinot noir
sonoma coast

This is not your typical California Pinot Noir. This wine is very special indeed. Created to be much like a French-style Burgundy, this wine truly shines by revealing its high-quality sustainably-grown grapes, the best possible French oak barrels, and most importantly the “terroir”. Although this wine is remarkably approachable and drinks really well right now, it will only get better over the next 10-15 years. This vintage demonstrates the perfect marriage of new vs. old-world with prominent, dramatically delicious velvety-layered fruit with restrained minerality that makes it shine with food.

“Sublime pinot noir for drinking through 2017 or ’18. Exceptional.”
- Fredric Koeppel,

“Destined to be a favorite among customers, this Pinot shows off the true potential of its region, balancing New World expression with classic Burgundy restraint. 95 points.”

Only 279 cases made

This wine is sold out. It is occasionally released to wine club members only as a library wine.


Vineyard Source: Klopp Thorn Ridge Ranch

Clone: Dijon 777

Harvest date: September 26, 2012

Harvest Brix: 24.6 oBrix

Fermenter: 6T open top stainless steel

Cap Management: Submerged cap, punch-downs and pump-overs

Cold Soak: 6 days

Total Cuvaison: 22 days

Barrel Aged: 11 months

Barrel Breakdown: 100% French Oak, 25% New, 25% once used, 50% 4 years or older.

Bottling Date: Bottled unfined and unfiltered August 12, 2013.

Production: 279cs

Alcohol: 14.2%

pH: 3.69

TA: 5.9 g/L

Appellation: Sonoma Coast