2021 The Wonderland Project Pinot Noir "Two Kings" Sonoma County, California (750ml)
Producer notes ~ "Vineyard: A brand new set of three vineyard sources for the 2021 vintage coming from the northern and southern reaches of Sonoma County, in the Carneros, Petaluma Gap and Russian River AVAs. Brooklime vineyard is planted to clones 667 and 777 and located in George Ranch on the Sonoma Mountain ridgeline overlooking both the towns of Sonoma and Petaluma. Ceja vineyard is planted to clone 115 and Pommard, and located at the southern end of Sonoma Valley. Finally, the organically farmed Lala Panzi Ranch is planted to a menagerie of Dijon clones, and located just outside of Healdsburg in the heart of the Russian River valley.
Vintage: A dry winter with below-average rainfall and a cool start to spring kept the vines dormant late into March. The spring months stayed dry and cool, slowing shoot growth and contributing to low yields and small berries. Once under full canopy later in the season, the fruit developed evenly with concentrated flavor, color and texture. Harvest began on August 13th with favorable, temperate weather throughout the picking season.
Cellar: All three vineyards were hand harvested between August 23rd and September 13th. The Pinot noir was fermented in stainless steel open top tanks with 0 – 30% whole cluster, depending on the lot. The wine was aged for 7 months in 85% neutral and 15% new French oak barrels and bottled on May 4th, 2022. 1650 cases produced."