Here’s an introduction that compels wine lovers.

For the adventurous and discerning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay explorer seeking the exceptional and the undiscovered, we at Fort Ross Vineyard and Winery are daring grape growers inspired by the majesty of the Wild Sonoma Coast, who will take you on a journey through our masterfully crafted, profound cool climate wines. Since 2000, we have been producing small-lot, estate grown, single vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinotage grown on the golden edge of the continent. The Fort Ross Vineyard and Winery Tasting Room beckons. Fort Ross Vineyard is the closest vineyard to the Pacific Ocean in California. This is the first and only vineyard tasting room along the majestic Sonoma Coast in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. From the Tasting Room, there are panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean framed by tall Redwood forests and golden meadows.

Fort Ross’s Jeff Pisoni, the son of Central Coast Pinot legend Gary Pisoni, is making fantastic wines from the extremely rugged, coastal terroir where Sea Slopes Chardonnay is grown. Sea Slopes 2017 Chardonnay delivers heady aromas that are fresh and vivid—about as close to standing on the California shoreline as you can get without actually being there. Citrus peel, poached pear, ripe melon, and creme brulee notes with a mouth-tingling acid zip.

2017 Chardonnay

The 2017 growing season welcomed generous rainfall for the first several months of the year. After five drought years the soils were hydrated and our irrigation pond was brimming. A warmer than usual spring brought an early fruit set. The summer enjoyed mild to average, 80-85 degree temperatures, allowing the grapes to develop ideal complexity and flavors. During the first week of September, all of California experienced a heat spike, but temperatures then mellowed during the remainder of harvest, allowing the fruit to be picked at the ideal time.

The grapes for this Chardonnay were hand-sorted to include only the finest fruit, which was then gently pressed. Fermentation occurred in the ideal combination of stainless steel for vibrancy and freshness and French oak barrels which adds great texture and length to the finish. The wine completed malolactic fermentation, adding a supple richness. Prior to bottling it was aged on the lees with occasional gentle stirring culminating in a pure expression of Chardonnay from the extreme Sonoma Coast.

Fragrant aromas of zesty lemon with notes of honeysuckle and white grapefruit are immediately evident, followed by a pleasing mineral character and a touch of toasted brioche. On the palate it is fresh and lively with pronounced citrus tones and hints of white peach and apricot. The silky, smooth texture that reflects a deft hand in winemaking and the long, seamless finish complete this beautiful Chardonnay.

2017 Pinot Noir

Sea Slopes Pinot Noir is inspired by majestic Sonoma Coast and the steep ridges perched at the golden edge of the continent. Here, the cool maritime climate produces fruit of exceptional quality and allows us to craft wines of great elegance and purity.

The 2017 growing season welcomed generous rainfall for the first several months of the year. After five drought years the soils were hydrated and our irrigation pond was brimming. A warmer than usual spring brought an early fruit set. The summer enjoyed mild to average, 80-85 degree temperatures, allowing the grapes to develop ideal complexity and flavors. During the first week of September, all of California experienced a heat spike, but temperatures then mellowed during the remainder of harvest, allowing the fruit to be picked at the ideal time.

The grapes for the Piot Noir were picked during the cool early morning hours. After sorting, the fruit was cold soaked for several days. Fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks with some a punch down maceration to achieve balanced extraction of flavor, color and aromatic compounds. After fermentation the wine was transferred to barrel. A combination of 15% new and 85% neutral French oak was used for the aging of the wine. Once in barrels, time allowed the wine to seamlessly integrate the natural acidity, rich flavors and soft tannins into a beautiful, perfumed Pinot Noir.

Am expressive garnet, this opulent, lively Pinot Noir has layers of black currant, wild berry and hibiscus with a touch of dried rose petal and cola aromas. Vibrant flavors of bright black cherry, plum, dried cranberries and whisp of clove are framed by fine tannins. The mouthwatering acidity and structured layers of pure Pinot Noir fruit lingers through the energetic, finish.

Cynthia Calvert
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