Pinot Noir Route 116, Sonoma Coast – 2016
Route 116 meanders through the Sonoma Coast appellation. Originating near the town of Sonoma and
ending at Hwy 1 near Jenner, a drive on Route 116 will show you many of the best Pinot Noir vineyards
in this area.
This 2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir comes from two different vineyards, one in the southern part of the appellation where the climate is moderated both by the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay, and the other out in the extreme “true” Sonoma Coast just a mile and a half in from the Pacific Ocean. The two vineyards are made up of three distinct pinot noir clones, Pommard, 667 and 777, giving the wine greater complexity of flavor.
- Clones: 15% Pommard Clone | 41% Clone 667 | 44% Clone 777
2016 was a growing season in northern California that was dominated by low and high temperatures and this made being in far western Sonoma County a dream come true. The moderating temperatures of the extreme Sonoma Coast kept the extremely high temperatures at bay and made for a wonderful year for
pinot noir. Sonoma Coast is a large appellation stretching along the Pacific coast from Marin County in the south all the way up to Mendocino County in the north, overlapping slightly with Carneros and Russian River. The Pacific Ocean moderated both the low temperatures and the high, because during the growing
season the water is approximately 56 degrees. The moderating influence means that there is virtually no frost and thus the growing season starts earlier. Because the high temperatures are lower, it elongates the growing season. This enables the grapes to retain acidity and fully develop great flavors with the extra time on the vine, making this an ideal place to grow pinot noir.
- Barrel Aging: Aged in 100% French oak for a total of 10 months. 12% of the barrels were new.
The wine has a vibrant garnet color with an amazingly high-toned explosive nose of wild thyme, blood orange peel, raspberry and shiitake mushrooms. The palate is quite bright and lively with acidity and yet warm with flavors of orange blossom, red fruits, orange peel, well integrated French oak and thyme. There is a great generous fresh forward varietal fruit to the wine making it great to drink now or over the next few years. The balance of the wine keeps it fresh and at the same time mouth filling with expansive flavors. The wine finishes with a beautiful mouth-watering savory character that brings you back for glass after glass!
- Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
- Alcohol: 13.7%
- TA: 6.4
- p H: 3.48
- RS: Dry
Pinot Noir Route 116, Sonoma Coast – 2016 – 93 points – Wine Enthusiast
“This is a screaming deal for a wine of this quality: a light, delicate and earthy expression of the grape that's stemmy and spicy. Forest floor, bark and dark brooding fruit meet a tangle of tight-woven acidity dipped in orange zest.”