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Vineyard: Split Rock

AppellationSonoma Coast
Story140 acres, 37 blocks, planted 2002-2005 in Sonoma Coast. Dijon clones 115, 667, 777, 828 and Pommard. On the western slope of Sonoma Mountain near Petaluma in Petaluma Gap region.
VarietiesPinot Noir

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2009 Bruliam Split Rock Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.82, $52. Fermented as 100% clone 667 with small amounts of clones 115 and 828 added at blending. · Rugged and muscular, this wine offers a bold array of earth-kissed, fleshy and savory dark stone fruits. As is typical for clone 667, the color is strong and intense and the tannins are firm and angular. Will appeal to fruit hedonists. Put this one in your cellar while you drink the Hayley and Doctor’s wines. Good. Reviewed December 14, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Calicaro Split Rock Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $54. Crafted under the direction of Dave Ball. · Moderately deep garnet color in the glass. The nose is aromatically shy with only faint whiffs of dark fruit and oak. Moderately intense flavors of sweet black raspberries and plum reduction sauce with gentle oak, supple tannins and a dry, slightly warm, finish. Decent. Reviewed July 23, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Lagniappe Wines Split Rock Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $55. Crafted under the direction of Jean-Marie Truchard. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. A floral nose with notes of savory herbs and subtle oak. Light in weight with soft tannins. Pleasing flavors of dark red berries and spice with some persistence on the fruity finish. Good. Reviewed July 23, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 August Truth Split Rock Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.46, $38. Dijon clones. Aged 14 months in oak. Winemaker is Chris Nelson. Deeply colored. · Brooding black fruits which are super ripe with a kiss of oak. Noticeably intense and big-boned array of black raspberry and black plum flavors with a slightly stewed tone, underpinned with notes of earth and oak char. Reserved, slightly grainy tannins with a good acid backbone. Decent. Reviewed March 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Stomping Girl Split Rock Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $38. A newer family owned winery specializing in Pinot Noir from purchased grapes. · Shy aromatics with hints of black cherries, spice and warm cookies. Nicely weighted cherry and strawberry fruits carry over to a pleasant finish of moderate length. Doesn’t have the firm tannins often found in Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs. I admire this wine for its balance and finesse. Very good (-). Reviewed February 15, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Calicaro Split Rock Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.63, 12 cases, $47. Picked at 27.9º Brix. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Opens with appealing aroma of plum reduction sauce, fading into a muddled aroma of leaf and green garden with absent fruit. Moderately rich and creamy with a very ripe and sweet dark fruit profile with notes of raisin and green oak in the background. Has the bones to support the generous fruit flavors, but turns boozy on the finish. Decent (-). Reviewed May 15, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Seawind Split Rock Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $44. · Dark ruby color. Primarily dark fruits are featured, in particular black raspberries. The bright fruit is complimented by notes of cardamon spice, oak, smoke and citrus. The tannins are corralled, the texture is quite silky and the lively acidity makes for a refreshing drink. Reviewed July 9, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »