The nose presents red fruit notes of cherry and of raspberry jam. Despite the cool site the bouquet presents as ripe and expressive. On the palate the fruit profile is more dark red plum and tart cherry. On the finish there is a subtle almond extract note. The wine has great balance and acidity. This is a wine that will deliver pleasure young and age effortlessly for many years.
Our 2014 Flanagan Pinot Noir Sun Chase is our first wine produced from this site. Sun Chase is perched on the southwest side of Sonoma Mountain at about 1000 feet elevation. It is next to the well-known Gaps Crown vineyard and is part of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Sun Chase is a relatively young vineyard but we believe it will become known as one of the top sites in Sonoma County.
The 2014 vintage provided an abundant crop of clean, ripe fruit. We continue to do relatively short fermentations with some whole clusters. The wine was aged in Francois Freres, Boutes, and Rousseau barrels for 12 months.