Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Wine Type Red - Still
Varietals Pinot Noir
Vineyard Elliot Vineyard is tucked between Hellenthal Vineyards and the easternmost boundary of the Hirsch Vineyard. Planted in 1981 to the Mt. Eden clone of Pinot Noir. This is a "monopole" for Ceritas. The vineyard faces east-southeast.
Soil Red iron rich sandstone, quartz.
Viticulture Elliott vineyard is a testament to the old way of farming. Wide rows and strong vines give the vineyard an opportunity to push deep into the dark red iron rich sandstone. Cane pruned to maximize fruiting potential of the vines. The Mt Eden clone produces very small clusters with many berries absent of seeds. Fruit is shaded to keep sun off of delicate berries. Yields are low at 2.1 tons/acre (27 hl/ha).
Vinification Hand harvested and intensely sorted at the winery ensuring only the best fruit goes to tank. Fermented with 50% whole clusters for 19 days. Upper and lower sections are fermented individually allowing the unique expressions of each to be tended to in the fermentor. Free run and light pressings are aged in barrel (20% new) for 16 months.
Aging Aged for 16 months in oak barrel (20% new).