WINEMAKER(S)
Kent Humphrey

2017 AUCTION LOT NO. 25

Sonoma County Barrel Auction
Ernest Vineyards
A Final Freestone Combined with Cleary

Pinot Noir
Freestone Hill Vineyard 60%, Cleary Ranch 40%
Sonoma Coast
2016
5 CASES PRODUCED
Sonoma County

ABOUT THE WINE

Ernest Vineyards was built on a number of key concepts. Beyond the commitment to integrity, restraint and beauty, Todd Gottula and Erin Brooks are most passionately committed to sourcing varietals from carefully selected vineyards around Sonoma County. Picking and choosing vineyard sites allows them to hold out for the very best grapes they can find—and their patience continues to pay off.

This lot is a barrel blend of two vineyards in Freestone: Jack Cleary’s Freestone Hill Pinot Noir combined with Cleary Ranch Vineyard, owned by his son, at the foot of the same hill. Since Ernest’s inaugural vintage in 2012, Todd and Erin have enjoyed working with the fruit from Freestone Hill, but this 2016 vintage will mark the one and only overlap and combination of the two sites. This final vintage with Freestone Hill marks their first with Cleary Ranch, and it captures a rare moment in time for the two sites, the vintage and you.

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE

July 2017

ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE

March 2018

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.