Our 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir comes from a vineyard farmed by Andrew Flocchini in the Petaluma Gap–the country’s newest AVA. The Gap, defined by two coastal mountain ranges running inland to San Pablo Bay, is characterized mainly by heavy morning fog and blustery afternoon winds. The fruit grown here has a long and cool hang time, allowing all the signature flavors a chance to develop, and we feel very lucky to be getting these gorgeous, sustainably-farmed grapes from Andrew. For the 2014, we co-fermented roughly 45% Swan, 40% Pommard, and 15% La Tâche clones, left the wine to macerate for 2 weeks, then sent the blend to used French barrels for 15 months. It’s all about the “gôut de terroir,” or flavor of the land, meaning we want you to recognize this as a Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap. The light ruby color telegraphs the site, as well as the quintessential rose petal and cranberry aromas. What I want in this varietal is all here: depth, nuance, silky texture, bright red fruit and lots of floral character. I also get some earthiness, umami-savoriness (soy sauce?), and cocoa. The tannins are soft, yet present at the finish, and the band sings on.