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Professional Ratings: 97 Wine Enthusiast, 92 PinotReport
Region: Russian River, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Other Info: Boutique Wines
Item no. 101564
Pinot Noir specialist James MacPhail has complete control over the creation of Sequana's single vineyard wines. Grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted, then cold-soaked prior to fermentation to maximize flavor and color extraction.
In small open-topped tanks, each block was fermented separately, using primarily native yeast. Other lots were fermented with yeast strains unique to each individual lot. Hand punch-downs extracted and elevated the Pinot Noir flavors and the wine was aged sur lie in French oak barrels for 11 months. James MacPhail focuses on gentle and traditional winemaking techniques.
Sundawg Ridge produces wines with a wide spectrum of rich aromas and flavors: wild berry, Bing cherry, cranberry, sweet spice and earthiness. This medium-bodied, layered wine has soft tannins, bright acidity and a lingering finish.
This distinctive Pinot Noir’s source is a tiny vineyard in cool Green Valley; the winegrower is James MacPhail, whose own MacPhail Pinot Noirs are so good. The wine itself is totally dry and silky and firm in acidity, yet soft in fine tannins. You might call it noble. It’s eruptive in cherries, sweet smoky bacon, raspberry granola and oaky sandalwood. Gorgeous, seductive and brilliant, a truly great Pinot Noir that’s impeccable now.
Medium ruby color; concentrated earthy aromas with notes of raspberry preserves and white roses; deep, complex raspeberry, cranberry and creamy black cherry flavors with earth and cola notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Balanced and silky Pinot with lots of bright flavors.