Lot #29 FORT ROSS VINEYARD & WINERY

20TH TERRACES TRIBUTE

Pinot Noir
  • Fort Ross Vineyard
  • Fort Ross-Seaview

2021
5 CASES

ABOUT THE WINE:

The Terraces is a special block in the Fort Ross Vineyard planted 100% to Calera Clone Pinot Noir. This block wraps around the mountainside and produces elegant, complex wines every vintage. The “20th Terraces Tribute” 60-bottle lot was selected from Winemaker Jeff Pisoni’s favorite barrel from this site, as a tribute to the winery’s 20th vintage anniversary. The fruit that flourishes in this rugged atmosphere results in unforgettable wines, and this offering is no exception.

Inspired by the majesty of the wild Sonoma Coast, owners Linda and Lester Schwartz founded Fort Ross Vineyard in 1994 when they began preparing grassland at the top of the steep, rugged coastal ridge to plant to vine. The picturesque 52-acre vineyard is a necklace of 32 small mountain blocks that range in elevation from 1,200 to 1,700 feet overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which lies only a mile to the west. Linda, Lester and Jeff strive to masterfully craft profound wines of purity and elegance that reflect the challenges of this extreme site and the cool maritime climate of the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, through minimal winemaking intervention and dedicated micro-farming practices. Fort Ross Vineyard production is limited to 5,000 cases annually as they only use their family estate-grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinotage grapes.

“20th Terraces Tribute” is a pure expression of a single clone from the vineyard’s terraced block, capturing the essence of the Calera Clone. Expansive aromatics of red currant, raspberry, black tea and violets unfold on the nose. The fruit-driven palate reveals a graceful core of ripe cherry, black currant, wild berry and just a touch of tart, juicy plum followed by a persistent lush finish. With its lively acidity and balanced structure, this enchanting Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully upon release and is certain to cellar with great finesse.

WINEMAKER(S): Jeff Pisoni

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: August 2023

National Distribution: AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, IA, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY, Washington, DC

International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.

A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.