Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
Bottle Sizes 750ml
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.
Soil Blue Schist and Quartz soil
Viticulture Organically and dry farmed by the Hellenthal family, this vineyard straddles the ridge of parent rock, giving it the unique position of facing both north and south. The vineyard is harvested in multiple passes.
Vinification 80% whole cluster. No cold soaking, just cold fermentation for 15-20 days. 25% New oak, from over 100 year old trees, 12 months. in barrel. Racked back into neutral barrel before bottling, bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Aging Aged for 11 months in oak barrel. Approximately 25% new oak.
Notes Lost 60% of crop to "shatter" in 2016.
Publication Vinous Rating 95+
The 2016 Pinot Noir Elliot Vineyard is distinguished in this range by its vertical sense of structure. Translucent, deep and super-expressive, the Elliott is wonderfully resonant and yet also somehow quite delicate. The 2016 is perhaps a bit less exuberant than other vintages have been, but it is just as compelling. Although a bit reticent today, the 2016 should blossom nicely with more time in bottle. My sense is that the Elliott still has much to say.
– Antonio Galloni, July 2018