2018 Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir

Suacci Vineyard is a small (6.5 acres) hillside vineyard tucked away in the rolling hills southwest of Sebastopol, CA.  Due to it's coastal influences from the Pacific, the vineyard receives only a few hours of warming sunlight per day and is therefore, quite difficult to farm. Resulting yields are often unimaginably low - sometimes near one ton per acre - no crop thinning needed! The fruit clusters are insanely small and dark - unlike any other vineyard we have ever worked with.

After making wine for a client from this wonderful site for many years, the 2018 marks our first Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir for Cellars 33. It's a challenging site for sure but when we get it right, like we did in 2018 (and 2019!!) it's really satisfying. When the fruit from Suacci comes into the winery during harvest, the interns always go "Wow" - because nothing else looks like it. The resulting wine straddles the line between delicacy and intensity - the type of tension that is so characteristic of Pinot Noir. It's a privilege to make this wine.

Region/Appellation:
Sonoma Coast
Vineyard:
Suacci Vineyard
Composition:
100% Pinot Noir
Brix:
23.6
Aging:
15 months in 25% new French Oak
Alchohol:
14.2%
pH:
3.58
Residual Sugar:
N/A
Winemaker:
John Fones