VOLUME 11, ISSUE 50
August 27, 2019
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
The Prince Departs

Vineyard: Wohler Road

AppellationRussian River Valley
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2016 Sojourn Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.60, 900 cases, $42. Released spring 2018. A blend of five vineyards, primarily Wohler Vineyard with some Riddle and Pratt vineyards. 100% de-stemmed, open-top fermentation using native yeast after a 5-day cold soak. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of ripe Bing cherry, ripe strawberry and oak barrel. Mid weight plus flavors of well-ripened dark stone fruits, black raspberry, cola, dark chocolate and dark toffee. The fruit is rich and mellow, with accompanying streamlined tannins and a modest finish. A good introduction to a bolder style of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Score: 89. Reviewed August 24, 2018 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2016 Sojourn Wohler Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.62, 600 cases, $48. Released spring 2018. This Forestville Vineyard within sight of the Wohler Bridge was replanted in 2006. Young clones of 2A, “828,” 115 and 667 in Goldridge soil. 100% de-stemmed, open-top fermentation using native yeast. The clones were fermented separately. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Shy aromas of red berry jam, Bing cherry and dusty oak. A pleasant enough, mid weight styled wine with fruit flavors of black cherry and strawberry framed by a compliment of oak. Juicy, but with taut tannins and a somewhat shallow attack and mid palate presence. Unchanged when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 89. Reviewed August 24, 2018 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.60, 775 cases, $42. Primarily sourced from Wohler Vineyard, with lesser contributions from Riddle, Pratt and Reuling vineyards. 100% destemmed, native yeast open-top fermentation, aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Alluring aromas of fresh cherry, dark red grape, spice and a back note of oak. The middleweight flavors of cherry, spice and herbal oak have good vibrancy and complimentary support from modest tannins. A refined, easy to like style. Score: 89. Reviewed May 7, 2017 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Wohler Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.59, 500 cases, $48. Released fall 2016. This vineyard was replanted in 2006 and is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley in Forestville. Clones are Wädenswil 2A, 115, 667 and “828” planted in Goldridge soil. 100% de-stemmed, open-top native fermentation, aged in French oak barrels, 50% new, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of cherry and sandalwood that pick up intensity over time in the glass. Like cherry pie day at baking class, with a discreetly concentrated core of fresh red cherries and baking spices. Quite elegant and charming, with a silky countenance, weightless tannins, and cherry goodness that hangs on at the finish. The lightest weighted wine in the 2014 lineup, but one that I liked more and more as I tasted it over time in the glass. It seemed to sneak up on me and give up its charms slowly. Score: 93. Reviewed May 11, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Sojourn Wohler Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.60, 600 cases, $48. This vineyard, located in Forestville, was replanted in 2006. This wine is sourced from five distinct blocks planted to clones 667, “828,” 115, 777 and 2A. Clones were vinified separately. 100% de-stemmed. Open-top fermentation with native yeasts, aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. An array of pleasing aromas arrive in the glass, including black cherry, cola and spice. Noticeably sappy on the palate, with opulent flavors of spiced Bing cherry, purple berries, mocha, and cola. Very polished despite its richness, with modest tannins and a cherry-fueled finish. Still inviting when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. Reviewed May 7, 2017 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Sojourn Cellars Wohler Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.71, TA 0.57, 550 cases, $48. Release fall 2014.Young vines (vineyard replanted in 2005-2006) planted to Wädenswil 2A, “828,” 115 and 667. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Modest reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of Bing cherry, cola, spice and sweet oak. The mid weight core of cherry fruit is blessed with hints of cola and spice, and the wine’s velvety mouth feel is very comforting and seductive. Fine-grain tannins show up on the finish. This wine has plenty of youthful bright fruit that can’t be ignored, but this is not a luscious Russian River Valley fruit bomb. Further time in the cellar will be rewarded. Score: 91. Reviewed May 15, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Roadhouse Winery Dark Yellow Label Middle Reach Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.67, 325 cases, $49. Release second quarter 2014. Wohler Road and Bacigalupi vineyards. harvest Brix 25.5º. Clones 2A, Pommard, Wente, “828,” and 667. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, inoculated yeast fermentations, aged 12 months in 20% new, 60% 1 and 2-year-old, and 20% 3-year-old tight grain or very tight grain French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple with slight haze in the glass. Shy aromas of red cherries and berries, underbrush, dried herbs and incense. The most savory wine of the four tasted here, also armed with a tasty essence of ripe cherry and red raspberry. The dry tannins are well-mannered, and the intense finish holds on. Score: 90. Reviewed February 4, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »