About Gehricke 2020 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Despite the challenges of Covid-19 and record wildfires in Sonoma County, the 2020 growing season was a success. Beginning with a dry winter with just half of the region’s typical rainfall, flowering came early and was followed by a warm growing season, August heat spells accelerated ripening, resulting in an early harvest, protecting the fruit from the smoke of the late-summer. The grapes ripened at lower sugars and boasted concentrated flavors.
This pale ruby Pinot Noir greets the nose with lively aromas of ripe blackberry, white pepper, and earthy wild mushrooms. On the palate, distinctive notes of freshly baked old-fashioned cherry pie and dark berries are interlaced with hints of cocoa and roasted walnuts. A long, smooth finish with lingering spicy notes.