2015 Walala Vineyard Pinot Noir

Walala Vineyard

The first release from our recently acquired Walala Vineyard is here and we are thrilled. Located near the town of Annapolis in the wild terrain of Sonoma Coast, this site is our most northern of all. Situated on a mountain range six miles from the Pacific Ocean, 1,200 feat above sea level, the vineyard is surrounded by Redwood trees above the daytime fog later where the vines bathe in the sunlight. This Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir has a wonderful silkiness with creamy black cherry notes. The mouthfeel coats the palate with blackberry, cardamom, and pink peppercorn spice. We welcome you to our expansive Walala Pinot Noir!

Release August 15th 2017

Price: $70

Other Information

  • "The 2015 Pinot Noir Walala Vineyard is pale to medium ruby-purple in color and scented of fresh cranberries, pomegranate and rhubarb with touches of Provence herbs, underbrush and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it features expressive red berry flavors with floral accents and a plush texture, offering just enough freshness and a long, perfumed finish." 92
    — Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

Walala comes from the Kashaya Pomo Indian saying, “where the water flows down,” a reference to the local Gualala River and nearby town of Gualala, which resides at the mouth of the river. Perched atop a ridge along the Sonoma Coast, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Walala Vineyard resides in what is often referred to as the “True” Sonoma Coast AVA. This heavily maritime-influenced vineyard is on the extreme edge of Pinot Noir viticulture.

A 17-acre vineyard, Walala lies in the middle of 19,000 acres of pristine forestland, where at 1,200 feet, a world-class Pinot Noir is produced. Goldridge fine, sandy loam and gravelly Hugo loam soils comprise this well-drained vineyard Estate.

The 2015 vintage proceeded with dry weather, extending our drought for its fourth year. Warm weather started the year, which caused early flowering mirroring the previous couple of growing seasons. In spring the climate changed dramatically, heavy winds and cool spells hit the valley. The effects of this weather pattern caused fruit set to be extremely variable and by July we were ready for harvest. We picked earlier than ever and received our grapes into the cellar by August. Overall, the effect of our early budbreak and resulting weather was that our yields were down 25%. While this isn’t great for the amount of wine we can produce, what was left for us 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

Fermentation: Open Top Fermenters

Whole Cluster: 25%

Soil: Luahglin Loam, Hugo gravelly loam

Clones: 828, 777, 115

Barrel Aging: 15 months

Barrel Composition: 100% French Oak, 55% New

Total Acidity: 5.9 g/L

pH: 3.52

Alcohol Content: 14.4%

Production: 218 Cases

Release Date: August 15, 2017