Raen's Pinot Noir Home Field Vineyard (Fort Ross Seaview) is dark, powerful and brooding, with a tightly wound core of fruit that is going to need a good bit of time to fully unwind. Graphite, smoke, plum, blueberry and earthy notes give the 2014 its sense of gravitas. The Home Field Vineyard is the most virile and brooding of the three Raen Pinots.
From the producer:
Deep, ruby red center working its way to a brilliant edge in the glass. On the nose, notes of the cool Pacific air give way to wild strawberry, rose petals, wet stone and moss-covered trees. On the palate the wine is fresh, bright and structured with balanced acidity and fine-grained, youthful-tannins. The finish is persistent and fades to notes of raspberry, dried herbs and this coastal site lingering on your pallet.
65% whole cluster • 16 day extended maceration • Wild-native fermentation • Aged 10 months in 60 gallon French barrels (No new oak) • Bottled without fining or filtration
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