WINEMAKER(S)
Nicolas Cantacuzene

2017 AUCTION LOT NO. 31

Sonoma County Barrel Auction
Emeritus Vineyards
One Block, One Clone, One Unforgettable Wine

Pinot Noir
Hallberg Ranch
Russian River Valley
2016
5 CASES PRODUCED
Sonoma County

ABOUT THE WINE

Emeritus Vineyards was founded by Brice Cutrer Jones and his long-time partners in 1999 when they purchased the historic Hallberg Ranch, planted and still farmed by highly regarded grower Kirk Lokka. Brice was drawn to this property because of the highly sought after Goldridge soil, and the marine influence that comes from its proximity to the Coast. In their quest to produce the best Pinot Noir, the Emeritus team set out to dry farm their vineyards in 2007, and it is now the largest dry farmed vineyard in Sonoma County, possibly in the state.

This wine is all Clone 777 from an area of the vineyard known as the Peachland Block, where the Hallberg family grew peaches. It is located in the coolest part of Hallberg Ranch where the morning fog lingers. Fermented with native yeast and a delicate hand from Winemaker Nicolas Cantacuzene, this distinct block is aging in a new French oak barrel. This wine takes on the characteristic of the deep Goldridge sandy loam more than the underlying clay soil, creating an expressive yet delicate wine that will age very graciously.

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE

August 2017

ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE

January 2019

A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.