The Pinot Noir (clone 828) was harvested on September 26th and aged for 14 months in 50% New French Oak and 50% Neutral French Oak. Our vineyard, in the heart of the Sonoma Coast at an 1800 foot elevation, sits atop Kings Ridge Road with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The coastal fog from this region keeps the vineyard cool in the mornings, but the ridge exposure allows for ample ripening.
Coup de Foudre Pinot Noir
One score and three years ago, John Schwartz met his wife, who was living abroad in France. She was not yet my wife nor did she know she would be. While at a soiree in the French Alps, and with matters seemingly in hand, he sauntered off to the bar to work his French for a refill of Malibu and fruit juice. It was then that he noticed a Frenchman awfully close to a girl he had his eye on, making her eyes flutter and her beret tipsy. The French man must have the greatest one liner in the world, Schwartz thought as he yelled “FEU!” (‘fire’ in French). Once the room cleared out, he asked the girl what he could possibly have said to make her fall into his arms. Her answer? “He held my hands and asked if I believed in the Coup de Foudre.” After years of thinking he’d called her a cute cauliflower, Jon consulted a French friend who defined Coup de Foudre as a lightning strike, something unforgettable-“love at first sight”-be it food, wine or someone incredible.