City Winery Pinot Noir Au Naturel 2020

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Tasting Notes
Fruity, Chewy, Food-friendly

Wine Profile

Impossibly fruity, this wine has an incredible nose of ripe cherries and warm blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. On the palate the bright fruit core is joined by notes of pastry dough and brown spice. Well-structured and chewy, the wine is a delight in the mouth. The long, smooth finish is all berries and tobacco.

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About the Vineyard

Griffin’s Lair Vineyard is a landmark vineyard situated in the Petaluma Gap on the Sonoma Coast. The ocean’s cooling, penetrating breeze and protective fog match with low vigor soils and detailed farming practices result in a deeply concentrated wine. This wine was produced with fruit exclusively from Block 1 and is all Dijon clones.

Wine Making Process

All of our Au Naturel wines are made with an eye toward using minimal intervention and the most natural winemaking techniques possible. This Pinot Noir was fermented in an open-top stainless steel 1.5-ton fermenter, with both a cold soak and an extended maceration, with a total of 24 days on skins with twice-daily punch-downs by hand. For this bottle, only the free-run wine is used, after aging in neutral French oak barrels for a little over 11 months. After full malolactic fermentation, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.

Recommended Pairings

Complex and interesting enough to be served on its own, this wine is also very food-friendly. It pairs well with Ndunderi di Minori (Ricotta pasta gnocchi), or fresh egg noodles with tomato basil sauce. It is also a hit with grilled vegetable dishes or spicy black pepper chicken stir-fry.

"Impossibly fruity with a long, smooth finish"

David, Head Winemaker

Variety Pinot Noir
Alcohol 14.1%
Vintage 2020
Volume 750 ML
Vineyard Griffin's Lair
Case Production 44
AVA Sonoma, CA
Aging Capacity 3-5 years

How City Winery Makes Wine

Step 1
We contract carefully selected vineyards to supply grapes. Prior to harvest we choose our preferred varietals and make shipping arrangements.
Step 2
Crush and Maceration
Grapes are inspected upon arrival and if approved, de stemmed, sorted, and finally crushed.
Step 3
After fermentation the wine is barreled into the cellar to begin aging per the winemakers design. Typical aging is 6-10 months but options exist for aging up to 24 months.
Step 4
After the wine has aged to its optimal condition, our winemakers further refine the wine by blending it with other wines if desired.
Step 6
The finished wine is hand bottled, corked, and labeled.
Step 6
The Result
A carefully crafted wine made with grapes from the best vineyards and produced locally. Indulge.

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