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Sojourn 2014 Pinot Noir, Rodgers Creek Vyd., Sonoma Coast
Based in the town of Sonoma, Sojourn Cellars is a highly acclaimed winery specializing in the production of artisan Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. They source fruit from celebrated vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa and help direct farming operations to assure that the grapes are produced using world-class growing techniques. They follow a strict hands-off natural winemaking style that showcases the character and personality of the individual vineyards. This Pinot Noir is sourced from the Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Rodgers Creek Vineyard which is well suited for Pinot noir, sitting high on a ridge in the heart of the Petaluma Gap, and taking the full brunt of wind and thick fog that define this cool climate zone. Two blocks of the Pommard Pinot Noir clone provide the foundation for this wine, with clone 777 adding a layer of bright fruit and lush textures. The vines grow in light, chalky volcanic ash soils on steep inclines. This causes natural vine stress and gives the wine high concentration levels. The combination of unique soils and dominance of the Pommard clone results in a distinctive wine with signature aromatic notes of earth and mushroom each vintage. Aging is in 50% new French oak and the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Wine Enthusiast Magazine made this a Cellar Selection and scored it 93 points saying "With a small percentage of whole-cluster fermentation, this is a prized, sultry and cohesive wine, nutty in aromas and a sizable pinch of oak that speaks to its youthfulness. Raspberry jam and bitter tea ride over soft waves of integrated tannin and a fierce earthiness. Drink now through 2024."