Up and down the dramatic coastline of California, the chilly Pacific Ocean provides a regular cooling effect for Pinot Noir, allowing it to extend ripening and develop the grape variety’s singular charms.
After the devasting fires in 2020 we decided to diversify some of our grape sourcing from Sonoma to include other parts of this coastal range including Anderson Valley, Marin County, Santa Cruz and Monterey. Our hope is that this diversity of Pinot Noir sourcing will allow us to consistently produce our classic BloodRoot style year in and year out.
The 2021 vintage was epic for Pinot Noir here along the Northern California coast. We mostly avoided dramatic heat spikes and had a lovely late August and early September. While it was a low-yielding vintage, the fruit that was there was fully mature with a great blend of forest aromas and a mélange of different wild fruits. We find the wine to be exceptionally food friendly and versatile.
The 2021 Coastal California Pinot from BloodRoot is 54% Sonoma County, 26% Mendocino County, 18% Monterey County and 2% Marin County. Many of the vineyards included in this bottling are used for
luxury vineyard designate wines and all were created with the same dedication and craft with which we produce all of our wines.