Today’s Quick Sip is the 2013 Pinot Hill Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from Emeritus Vineyards. Emeritus Vineyards was established in 1999 by Brice Jones, original founder of well-known Sonoma-Cutrer. A former Vietnam fighter pilot and thoughtful story-teller, Mr. Jones also has a passion for fine wine that goes back to his days serving our great country in the Air Force. Where Sonoma-Cutrer specialized in Chardonnay, Emeritus Vineyards focuses on growing high-quality, single-vineyard Pinot Noir from estate fruit. The fruit for this bottling comes from Pinot Hill, which is situated in the Sebastopol Hills area of the Sonoma Coast appellation. Pinot Hill is a dry-farmed, steep slope site with very cool temperatures and moderate diurnal swings. The climatic factor extends the growing season, allowing the berries to fully mature while retaining very good levels of natural acidity and freshness. Pinot Hill was planted in 2008 and the first vintage bottled was 2013. Though young, stylistically, this wine embodies all of the qualities I’ve come to expect from Emeritus Pinot Noirs: balance, purity of fruit, elegance, charm, and great acidity. If you have a penchant for Pinot Noirs that show restraint and finesse, then this is a winery to put on your radar. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.
Emeritus Vineyards 2013 Pinot Hill Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (SRP $55) This elegant and expressive Pinot Noir starts with a lovely medium ruby color, followed by enticing aromas and flavors of macerated cherry, raspberry, and cranberry, joined by a charming wisp of perfume and allspice like qualities. It is impeccably balanced with fresh fruit, refined tannins, and a vivid underpinning of acidity that lifts the texture and carries through the lingering finish. This Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully in its youth and will develop soundly in the cellar. I enjoyed a glass with seared duck breast, but it will also complement a wide variety of foods at your dinner table. Approximately 500 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Sonoma Coast, California. Other info: ABV 12.9%, dry farmed, matured in French oak – 25% new & aged 10 months, cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.
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