In 2016 we again grappled with very low yields from our primary Pinot Noir source, the neighboring Ramondo Vineyard (heavy deer munching in early Spring slashed the fruiting potential). Exceptional quality did somewhat mitigate the small crop, but to achieve decent production we were forced to turn to other sources.
This facilitated a steady accumulation of flavor and character in our grapes.
In order to achieve the kind of balanced, fruit driven, energetic wine that defines Baker Lane Pinots, our winemaker Greg Adams deftly adjusted our vinification strategy, playing to the vineyard’s strengths and sidestepping the harvest’s limitations. That our Sonoma Coast bottling has the kind of definition and freshness that it has is a wonderful testament to his skills.
This is an exciting and graceful expression Pinot noir, with penetrating dark fruits (black cherry and forest berry) that energize the nose and follow through on the palate. Impressive fruit texture, and lively acidity, along with crisp tannins, enliven the mouthfeel, and follow through to the finish.