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Elizabeth Spencer Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2017

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Tasting Notes: Brilliant garnet color combined with aromas of Bing cherry, black chai tea, wild bramble berries, spicy nutmeg and cardamom set the stage for this sophisticated and elegant Pinot Noir. Soft and juicy with a delicate structure and texture this Sonoma Coast offering has a refined and compelling presence on the palate. Offering rich red fruits, ripe plum and pomegranate flavors, the natural acidity combined with well-integrated oak and tannins creates a delightful finish. Vineyards: Our Pinot Noir vineyard is located just north of the San Pablo Bay on Lakeville Highway in the Petaluma Gap region. This area is part of the Sonoma Coast Appellation and experiences a great cooling influence from a naturally formed 15-mile wide “gap” in the coastal range mountains that acts as a wind funnel, pulling cool air from the Pacific Ocean through the gap and into the bay, defining the area and giving the term “Micro-Climate” real meaning. With moderate day and night temperatures along with a daily breeze in late summer and early fall, the weather here is ideal for expressive Pinot Noir. Winemaking: Harvested by hand, the grapes arrived at the winery and were hand-sorted. The fruit was placed into small open-top fermentation tanks with a small amount of whole-cluster fruit added for aromatic complexity. Following a week-long cold soak, the tanks were gradually warmed and native yeasts were allowed to begin fermentation. Temperatures were kept on the low side of average during fermentation in order to preserve classic Pinot Noir aromas. Following fermentation, the wines were transferred into French oak barrels. Alcohol: 14.7%

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Elizabeth Spencer Wines:
Elizabeth Spencer Wines, located in the heart of Napa Valley in Rutherford, is an artisan producer of varietal wines from some of the best wine regions in Northern California. The belief of Elizabeth Spencer is that wine should be delicious and representative of its appellation of origin. We make wines to drink - inviting wines that we, our friends and our customers truly enjoy. Elizabeth Spencer wines are characterized by intensity and purity of flavor.

External Reviews for Elizabeth Spencer Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/01/2019

Tasting Notes: Brilliant garnet color combined with aromas of Bing cherry, black chai tea, wild bramble berries, spicy nutmeg and cardamom set the stage for this sophisticated and elegant Pinot Noir. Soft and juicy with a delicate structure and texture this Sonoma Coast offering has a refined and compelling presence on the palate. Offering rich red fruits, ripe plum and pomegranate flavors, the natural acidity combined with well-integrated oak and tannins creates a delightful finish. Vineyards: Our Pinot Noir vineyard is located just north of the San Pablo Bay on Lakeville Highway in the Petaluma Gap region. This area is part of the Sonoma Coast Appellation and experiences a great cooling influence from a naturally formed 15-mile wide “gap” in the coastal range mountains that acts as a wind funnel, pulling cool air from the Pacific Ocean through the gap and into the bay, defining the area and giving the term “Micro-Climate” real meaning. With moderate day and night temperatures along with a daily breeze in late summer and early fall, the weather here is ideal for expressive Pinot Noir. Winemaking: Harvested by hand, the grapes arrived at the winery and were hand-sorted. The fruit was placed into small open-top fermentation tanks with a small amount of whole-cluster fruit added for aromatic complexity. Following a week-long cold soak, the tanks were gradually warmed and native yeasts were allowed to begin fermentation. Temperatures were kept on the low side of average during fermentation in order to preserve classic Pinot Noir aromas. Following fermentation, the wines were transferred into French oak barrels. Alcohol: 14.7%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 01/16/2019

Winemaker's Notes: Dark ruby-red in color. Seductive, delicate aromas of ripe black cherry, citrus fruits and sweet orange oil which is quite typical for wines from this vineyard. A round entry of mouth filling dark red fruits including damson plum mingle with hints of spice and dates. Though earthier than some vintages we have produced, this wine finishes with full and concentrated robust red fruit flavors. This vintage of our Pinot Noir has ample tannins which will allow the wine to pair well with everything from cheese to even lamb. The wine has great structure and plenty of backbone. It is delicious and approachable upon release and also has all the structure to make it quite age-worthy. Vintage: 2014 was a below normal crop size in the Sonoma Coast appellation. This was year third of the drought, and we received slightly less rain than in 2013. The perfect weather in the late winter, spring and summer lead to both a beautiful fruit set on the vines. 2014 was the earliest and most-condensed harvest we have experienced. Had it not rained a little in the latter half of September, our harvest would have been over before October 1st. Winemaking: Harvested by hand, the grapes arrived at the winery and were hand-sorted. The fruit was placed into small open-top fermentation tanks with a small amount of whole-cluster fruit added for aromatic complexity. Following a week-long cold soak, the tanks were gradually warmed and native yeasts were allowed to begin fermentation. Temperatures were kept on the low side of average during fermentation in order to preserve classic Pinot Noir aromas. Following fermentation, the wines was transferred into a selection of small 60-gallon French oak barrels. Vineyards: Our Pinot Noir vineyard is located just north of the San Pablo Bay on Lakeville Highway in the Petaluma Gap region. This area is a part of the Sonoma Coast Appellation and experiences a great cooling influence from the nearby San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This is not your normal geography. As inland valley air heats up, it pulls the cool coastal air into a naturally formed 15-mile-wide “gap” in the coastal range mountains. The wind flows off the ocean between Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay, builds up speed as it funnels through the gap, then empties into San Francisco Bay. Wind and fog define the area, giving the term “micro-climate” real meaning. With moderate day and night temperatures along with a daily breeze in late summer and early fall, the weather here is ideal for Pinot Noir and allows for a superb expression of its character. ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 08/06/2018

Winemaker's Notes: Dark ruby-red in color. Seductive, delicate aromas of ripe black cherry, citrus fruits and sweet orange oil which is quite typical for wines from this vineyard. A round entry of mouth filling dark red fruits including damson plum mingle with hints of spice and dates. Though earthier than some vintages we have produced, this wine finishes with full and concentrated robust red fruit flavors. This vintage of our Pinot Noir has ample tannins which will allow the wine to pair well with everything from cheese to even lamb. The wine has great structure and plenty of backbone. It is delicious and approachable upon release and also has all the structure to make it quite age-worthy. Vintage: 2014 was a below normal crop size in the Sonoma Coast appellation. This was year third of the drought, and we received slightly less rain than in 2013. The perfect weather in the late winter, spring and summer lead to both a beautiful fruit set on the vines. 2014 was the earliest and most-condensed harvest we have experienced. Had it not rained a little in the latter half of September, our harvest would have been over before October 1st. Winemaking: Harvested by hand, the grapes arrived at the winery and were hand-sorted. The fruit was placed into small open-top fermentation tanks with a small amount of whole-cluster fruit added for aromatic complexity. Following a week-long cold soak, the tanks were gradually warmed and native yeasts were allowed to begin fermentation. Temperatures were kept on the low side of average during fermentation in order to preserve classic Pinot Noir aromas. Following fermentation, the wines was transferred into a selection of small 60-gallon French oak barrels. Vineyards: Our Pinot Noir vineyard is located just north of the San Pablo Bay on Lakeville Highway in the Petaluma Gap region. This area is a part of the Sonoma Coast Appellation and experiences a great cooling influence from the nearby San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This is not your normal geography. As inland valley air heats up, it pulls the cool coastal air into a naturally formed 15-mile-wide “gap” in the coastal range mountains. The wind flows off the ocean between Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay, builds up speed as it funnels through the gap, then empties into San Francisco Bay. Wind and fog define the area, giving the term “micro-climate” real meaning. With moderate day and night temperatures along with a daily breeze in late summer and early fall, the weather here is ideal for Pinot Noir and allows for a superb expression of its character. ** Only 4 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 11/29/2018

Winemaker's Notes: Dark ruby-red in color. Seductive, delicate aromas of ripe black cherry, citrus fruits and sweet orange oil which is quite typical for wines from this vineyard. A round entry of mouth filling dark red fruits including damson plum mingle with hints of spice and dates. Though earthier than some vintages we have produced, this wine finishes with full and concentrated robust red fruit flavors. This vintage of our Pinot Noir has ample tannins which will allow the wine to pair well with everything from cheese to even lamb. The wine has great structure and plenty of backbone. It is delicious and approachable upon release and also has all the structure to make it quite age-worthy. Vintage: 2014 was a below normal crop size in the Sonoma Coast appellation. This was year third of the drought, and we received slightly less rain than in 2013. The perfect weather in the late winter, spring and summer lead to both a beautiful fruit set on the vines. 2014 was the earliest and most-condensed harvest we have experienced. Had it not rained a little in the latter half of September, our harvest would have been over before October 1st. Winemaking: Harvested by hand, the grapes arrived at the winery and were hand-sorted. The fruit was placed into small open-top fermentation tanks with a small amount of whole-cluster fruit added for aromatic complexity. Following a week-long cold soak, the tanks were gradually warmed and native yeasts were allowed to begin fermentation. Temperatures were kept on the low side of average during fermentation in order to preserve classic Pinot Noir aromas. Following fermentation, the wines was transferred into a selection of small 60-gallon French oak barrels. Vineyards: Our Pinot Noir vineyard is located just north of the San Pablo Bay on Lakeville Highway in the Petaluma Gap region. This area is a part of the Sonoma Coast Appellation and experiences a great cooling influence from the nearby San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This is not your normal geography. As inland valley air heats up, it pulls the cool coastal air into a naturally formed 15-mile-wide “gap” in the coastal range mountains. The wind flows off the ocean between Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay, builds up speed as it funnels through the gap, then empties into San Francisco Bay. Wind and fog define the area, giving the term “micro-climate” real meaning. With moderate day and night temperatures along with a daily breeze in late summer and early fall, the weather here is ideal for Pinot Noir and allows for a superb expression of its character. ** Only 2 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 07/19/2018

Winemaker's Notes: Dark ruby-red in color. Seductive, delicate aromas of ripe black cherry, citrus fruits and sweet orange oil which is quite typical for wines from this vineyard. A round entry of mouth filling dark red fruits including damson plum mingle with hints of spice and dates. Though earthier than some vintages we have produced, this wine finishes with full and concentrated robust red fruit flavors. This vintage of our Pinot Noir has ample tannins which will allow the wine to pair well with everything from cheese to even lamb. The wine has great structure and plenty of backbone. It is delicious and approachable upon release and also has all the structure to make it quite age-worthy. Vintage: 2014 was a below normal crop size in the Sonoma Coast appellation. This was year third of the drought, and we received slightly less rain than in 2013. The perfect weather in the late winter, spring and summer lead to both a beautiful fruit set on the vines. 2014 was the earliest and most-condensed harvest we have experienced. Had it not rained a little in the latter half of September, our harvest would have been over before October 1st. Winemaking: Harvested by hand, the grapes arrived at the winery and were hand-sorted. The fruit was placed into small open-top fermentation tanks with a small amount of whole-cluster fruit added for aromatic complexity. Following a week-long cold soak, the tanks were gradually warmed and native yeasts were allowed to begin fermentation. Temperatures were kept on the low side of average during fermentation in order to preserve classic Pinot Noir aromas. Following fermentation, the wines was transferred into a selection of small 60-gallon French oak barrels. Vineyards: Our Pinot Noir vineyard is located just north of the San Pablo Bay on Lakeville Highway in the Petaluma Gap region. This area is a part of the Sonoma Coast Appellation and experiences a great cooling influence from the nearby San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This is not your normal geography. As inland valley air heats up, it pulls the cool coastal air into a naturally formed 15-mile-wide “gap” in the coastal range mountains. The wind flows off the ocean between Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay, builds up speed as it funnels through the gap, then empties into San Francisco Bay. Wind and fog define the area, giving the term “micro-climate” real meaning. With moderate day and night temperatures along with a daily breeze in late summer and early fall, the weather here is ideal for Pinot Noir and allows for a superb expression of its character. ** Only 6 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 04/12/2017

Winemaker's Notes: Dark ruby-red in color. Seductive, delicate aromas of ripe black cherry, citrus fruits and sweet orange oil which is quite typical for wines from this vineyard. A round entry of mouth filling dark red fruits including damson plum mingle with hints of spice and dates. Though earthier than some vintages we have produced, this wine finishes with full and concentrated robust red fruit flavors. This vintage of our Pinot Noir has ample tannins which will allow the wine to pair well with everything from cheese to even lamb. The wine has great structure and plenty of backbone. It is delicious and approachable upon release and also has all the structure to make it quite age-worthy. Vintage: 2014 was a below normal crop size in the Sonoma Coast appellation. This was year third of the drought, and we received slightly less rain than in 2013. The perfect weather in the late winter, spring and summer lead to both a beautiful fruit set on the vines. 2014 was the earliest and most-condensed harvest we have experienced. Had it not rained a little in the latter half of September, our harvest would have been over before October 1st. Winemaking: Harvested by hand, the grapes arrived at the winery and were hand-sorted. The fruit was placed into small open-top fermentation tanks with a small amount of whole-cluster fruit added for aromatic complexity. Following a week-long cold soak, the tanks were gradually warmed and native yeasts were allowed to begin fermentation. Temperatures were kept on the low side of average during fermentation in order to preserve classic Pinot Noir aromas. Following fermentation, the wines was transferred into a selection of small 60-gallon French oak barrels. Vineyards: Our Pinot Noir vineyard is located just north of the San Pablo Bay on Lakeville Highway in the Petaluma Gap region. This area is a part of the Sonoma Coast Appellation and experiences a great cooling influence from the nearby San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This is not your normal geography. As inland valley air heats up, it pulls the cool coastal air into a naturally formed 15-mile-wide “gap” in the coastal range mountains. The wind flows off the ocean between Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay, builds up speed as it funnels through the gap, then empties into San Francisco Bay. Wind and fog define the area, giving the term “micro-climate” real meaning. With moderate day and night temperatures along with a daily breeze in late summer and early fall, the weather here is ideal for Pinot Noir and allows for a superb expression of its character.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 09/07/2016

Winemaker's Notes: Round and fruity, with spice and depth. Black and brambly fruits open the nose and layer atop smoked tea leaves, dried cranberries, dried mushrooms, and lavender. The palate features more red fruits—strawberry, wild cherry—and begins full and rich but lightens toward the finish, which is full of dried rose petal, lavender, and cherry blossom. The fruit on the palate is balanced against an earthy, viscous, tannic texture. Vineyards: Our Pinot Noir vineyard is located just north of the San Pablo Bay on Lakeville Highway in the Petaluma Gap region. This area is a part of the Sonoma Coast Appellation and experiences a great cooling influence from the nearby San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This is not your normal geography. As inland valley air heats up, it pulls the cool coastal air into a naturally formed 15-mile-wide “gap” in the coastal range mountains. The wind flows off the ocean between Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay, builds up speed as it funnels through the gap, then empties into San Francisco Bay. Wind and fog define the area, giving the term “micro-climate” real meaning.With moderate day and night temperatures along with a daily breeze in late summer and early fall, the weather here is ideal for Pinot Noir and allows for a superb expression of its character. This site is always our first to ripen, for both reds and whites. Winemaking: The Pinot Noir enjoyed a long, slow ripening and the grapes were harvested by hand in the early part of September. The grapes were divided into two open top stainless steel fermentation tanks and left on the skins for 15 days before pressing. While in barrel, the wine completed secondary fermentation. The finished wine is a combination of the two lots, each fermented with complimentary yeast strains. Following fermentation the wines were transferred into a selection of small, 60-gallon French oak barrels for 16 months and then bottled. Vintage: 2013 was the second vintage in a row of above normal crop size in the Sonoma Coast appellation. This was year two of the drought, although we did get slightly more rain in 2013 than in 2012. The perfect weather in the late winter, spring and summer lead to both a beautiful fruit set on the vines and the overall earliest harvest we’ve experienced since 2004.


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