Hellenthal “Old Shop Block” Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Wine Type White - Still
Vineyard Vineyard planted in 1980 by owners Gard and Lori Hellenthal in conjunction with the esteemed David Hirsch. Ceritas is fortunate enough to farm the oldest vines on the property, affectionately known as the Old Shop Block, and to be the sole winery sourcing fruit from this vineyard.
Soil A mixture of fractured sandstone and highly decomposed sandstone soils.
Viticulture Vineyard is dry farmed and vines are own rooted Calera clone.
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.
Publication Vinous Rating 96
One of the stars in this range, the 2016 Pinot Noir Hellenthal Vineyard Old Block Shop is simply magnificent. A rush of dark red/purplish fruit makes a strong opening statement. Rich, pliant and enveloping, the 2016 captivates all the senses with its statuesque beauty. Power and finesse are seldom this well balanced in wine. At this stage, the 2016 stands out for its remarkable textural depth and nearly seamless feel.
– Antonio Galloni, Vinous 2016