Our Cuvée series is a very special limited blend of Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir. Eva Marie Price, Bill’s wife, loves Sonoma and has a personal connection to this particular mountain. This peak, standing at 2,500 feet, is located on the west side of Sonoma Valley, serving as a funnel to the Pacific Coast winds. This creates many of the micro-climates in the valley. The east-facing side is filled with mystical redwood forests, vibrant California oaks and scattered blocks of steeply planted vines. The terroir is full of wildlife and still represents the rural aspects of Sonoma County. This beautiful wine is one of our more feminine expressions of Pinot Noir with animated floral and ruby red fruit notes. Gorgeous, and worthy of its namesake.
Release August 15th 2017Price: $90
High atop Sonoma Mountain sits One Sky Vineyard, a new jewel in the crown for Three Sticks. Growing grapes at over 1,400 ft here can be challenging but the rewards have proven worth it. Deeply rich and flavorful Pinot Noir develops in this cool, north-facing slope. With fog from the Pacific Ocean (to the west) and the San Francisco Bay (to the South), grapes have ample time to develop slowly and intensely through the growing season. Soils are Goulding Cobbly Clay Loam which provide excellent drainage and a bit of power necessary in this steep and undulating terrain. We have a mix of heritage and Dijon clones planted to take advantage of both the site’s cool climate and potential for nuanced and expansive wines.
The 2015 vintage proceeded with dry weather, extending our drought for its fourth year. High temperatures started the year, causing early flowering mirroring the previous growing season. In spring the climate changed dramatically, heavy winds and cool spells hit. The effects of this caused fruit set to be extremely variable and by July we were ready for harvest. We picked earlier than ever and brought in grapes by August. Overall, the effect of early budbreak and weather was our yields were down 25%. While this isn’t great for the amount of wine we can produce, what was left turned out to be fantastic. Small, concentrated berries allowed us to create richly flavored and textured wines. Like many things in life, the 2015 vintage demonstrated the beauty of the adage “less is more”.
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Clones: Calera, 943, 777, 115
Soil: Goulding Cobbly Clay Loam
Fermentation: Open Top Fermenters
Whole Cluster: 25%
Barrel Aging: 15 Months
Barrel Composition: 100% French Oak, 57% New
Total Acidity (TA): 6.2 g/L
Alcohol Content: 14.3%
Production: 112 Cases
Release Date: August 15, 2017