WINEMAKER(S)
Jonathan G. Bomberg, Mike Brunson, John Viszlay

2018 AUCTION LOT NO. 82

Sonoma County Barrel Auction
MERRIAM VINEYARDS, CHRISTOPHER CREEK WINERY, VISZLAY VINEYARDS
Essential Eastside Hills

Pinot Noir
Windacre Estate 34%, Christopher Creek Estate 33%, Viszlay Estate 33%
Russian River Valley
2016
5 CASES PRODUCED
Sonoma County

ABOUT THE WINE

These three benchmark Sonoma County wineries have joined together for the first time ever to craft a wine unlike any they have ever created. After years of recognizing that their vineyards (and winemakers) shared some similar elements in their resulting wines, it was mutually decided that it would be a thrilling project to discover those similarities with the first-ever blend from an under-the-radar subregion: Eastside Hills.

Located east of the Russian River, the Eastside Hills are actually the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountain range that runs between Napa and Sonoma Counties. The hills are gravelly or sandy loam over a clay sub-surface, and the vineyards and clones included in this blend are the Viszlay Estate Pommard clone, Christopher Creek Estate Dijon 115 and Pommard Clones and Merriam Vineyards’ Windacre Estate Dijon 667 and 777 Clones. Because the Eastside Hills and the neighboring Chalk Hill AVA are in the thermal belt, the growing season is warmer than the rest of the Russian River AVA. This warmer climate and clay soils result in a more fruit forward Pinot Noir with an emphasis on raspberry and cranberry qualities. This wine embodies the never before, never again theme of the 2018 Barrel Auction and it promises to deliver an exciting wine with a unique provenance.

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE

January 2018

ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE

November 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.