Roberts Road Vineyard
Petaluma Gap, Sonoma County
$85.00  |  Club Price $68.00
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This wine offers intense aromas of aromas of wild strawberry, cherry, and a hint of lavender, setting the tone for an elegant, yet bold, cool climate Pinot Noir. It displays an incredibly silky mid palate, with polished flavors of brambleberry, blueberry and plum, tied in by a bright acidity. The oak fermentation awards this wine a great textural component, while enhancing the beautiful cool climate fruit. The 2018 vintage is one of great elegance that amazes the senses and continues to evolve in the glass.
530 cases produced

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Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Data: ALC: 14.4% by vol.; TA: 6.6 g/L; pH: 3.56
Cooperage: 100% Frech Oak Barrels (40% New)

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested at night, throughout the month of September, as each one of the blocks achieved ripeness and flavor development. About 40% of the overall grapes were fermented "whole cluster"; meaning that in some lots, about 40% of the grapes were put into the fermenters with the rachis. This technique imparts more structure to the mid palate. The remaining lots were de-stemmed, but not crushed, leaving whole berries.

The grapes were placed in two different vessels - small concrete fermenters (40%) and 500-liter French oak puncheons (60%) - where they were cold soaked for three days, and then fermented, with native yeast. That means that no commercial yeast was added to any of the lots. Fermentation, in the puncheons, lasted on average 25 days and the slow extraction of oak enhanced the body of the finished wine and added depth. In the concrete fermenter, grapes fermented for 28 days. The wine was aged on lees, in 40% new French oak barrels, for 12 months, and was never racked until blended.
Located at the western base of Sonoma Mountain on the northern edge of the Petaluma Gap, the Sangiacomo Family originally planted this prestigious site in 1999. The fog from the Petaluma Gap lingers in the until mid-day, and the afternoons are cooler than other Sonoma County AVAs, greatly influenced by cool ocean breezes. Due to this fact, ripening happens at a slower pace. That longer hang time grants the grapes perfect ripening, while maintaining their natural acidity, and harvest happens later in the season. This slow, steadily ripening drives the wine style of this Roberts Road Vineyard Pinot intense aromatics, elegant and understated, but with great fruit concentration in the mid palate. Artesa selected two small blocks totalling just 5 acres of the 130 acre ranch for this bottling, one planted to Pommard 5 clone and the other to
Dijon 777.
The perfect growing season on our Estate, the 2018 vintage is characterized by moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer that allowed for the ideal growing conditions; consistent and steady. We began harvest on August 21 followed by unseasonably cool weather that allowed for most of the fruit on our Estate to remain on the vine for an additional week or two. This extended hang-time was great for the maturation of flavors and overall quality of the fruit. Harvest again kicked into full swing in early September and was completed on October 20, about two weeks later than last year. The combination of a perfect growing season and a long harvest allowed for the fruit to demonstrate clean, mature flavors with wonderful balance and acidity. The 2018 wines will show elegantly yet with concentrated flavors that possess so much finesse for years to come.

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