WINEMAKER(S)
Erin Brooks

2018 AUCTION LOT NO. 30

Sonoma County Barrel Auction
ERNEST VINEYARDS
The Heart of the Matter

Pinot Noir
Rayhill Vineyard
Sonoma Coast
2017
5 CASES PRODUCED
Sonoma County

ABOUT THE WINE

The Ernest approach is as much about style as it is about climate and terroir. Proprietors Todd Gottula and Erin Brooks love the Burgundian style, and they strive to find sites best suited to this expressive approach. Balanced, smooth wines are the ultimate goal, and since 2012 Ernest has impressed critics and wine lovers alike with their oh-so-elegant creations.

“The Heart of the Matter” is a special opportunity to sample a never before, single-vineyard wine aged in an exclusive-to-Ernest Boutes Couer Puncheon. The Couer staves are seasoned in the “heart” of the stacks with little or no exposure to sun or rain for up to two years. You will not find wines aged in these barrels anywhere else in North America—they are simply not available to any other winery. The large format balances the Couer’s rich and elegant tannins with the Rayhill Vineyard’s incredible expression of Sebastopol Hills Pinot Noir Clones 828 and 777. If you are seeking a wine from a prestigious winery, crafted using time-honored techniques and proprietary tools, look no farther than The Heart of the Matter.

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE

July 2018

ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE

March 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.