Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
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. 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).
Notes "The early spring weather provided one of the earliest bud breaks we have seen at this site. This proved to be important later in the season. The wet winter provided the much needed water to grower a balanced and healthy canopy. We harvested this site before the heat of early September rather than the typical late September harvest dates of years past. The fruit was turgid and crunchy with great acidity and pure fruit." - John Raytek
Publication Vinous Rating 96+
The 2017 Pinot Noir Elliott Vineyard is all class. Deceptive in its mid-weight feel, the 2017 is persistent, brisk and full of flavor. Crushed rocks, dried rose petal, mint, chalk and white pepper give the 2017 a beguiling upper register, but it is the wine's sense of completeness that leaves the most lasting impression. What a wine!
– Antonio Galloni, March 2019