Aromas of black berries and baking spices. On the palate the wine shows fine grain tannins and bring acidity that indicate long-term cellar potential. The flavors of cherry, rhubarb and cola are persist and lead to a long silky finish.
The tiny 2.25 acre Stori Vineyard is a sustainably-farmed vineyard located in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley AVA. The area is a perfect climate for growing Pinot Noir, as it gets a bit more heat than the Sonoma Coast, but is still coastal enough to avoid the heat spikes of the warmer areas of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard was planted in 2001 and is entirely clone 115. Like many vineyards in this area, it is notable for its Goldridge soils.
The 2015 vintage was the last of back-to-back drought that plagued California. The lack of rain made for an early harvest season and high quality wine grapes with intense color and flavors. Yields in Sonoma County Pinot Noir vineyards were extremely small and Stori vineyard was no exception at a little more than one ton per acre.
The Stori fruit was 100% destemmed and bled 18% on the day of crushing. The must underwent a 6-day cold soak before indigenous yeast fermentation began. The cap was punched down by hand 2 to 3 times per day during fermentation. The wine was aged for 17 months in French oak barrels. We selected our three best barrels out of 9 that were made to craft this wine.