Sojourn Cellars

Owner(s) Erich Bradley, Craig Haserot, Ellen Haserot
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Sojourn Cellars

Plato said “Life is but a sojourn. Enjoy the best of it.” Craig Haserot (wine taster) and Erich Bradley (winemaker) are two buddies who met on the tennis courts of Sonoma and decided to take Plato’s advice. They formed Sojourn Cellars in 2000 and released their first Pinot Noir in 2004. Their handcrafted wines have won considerable praise from the wine press. Production has increased from 2,500 cases in 2008 to 5,000 cases in 2011 of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Erich's family owned several acres in Sonoma County's Valley of the Moon. He studied winemaking at University of California Davis and Santa Rosa Junior College. His first job was with Dick Arrowood at Arrowood Winery. In 2003, he became the winemaker for Audelssa Estate Winery in Glen Ellen, initially working with noted winemaker David Ramey. He has received considerable praise from Robert Parker for his Bordeaux and Rhone inspired wines crafted there.

The wines are made at the Audelssa Estate Winery in Glen Ellen, California. Erich's winemaking is New World in style and the resulting wines are bold and expressive. Two Pinot Noirs were produced in 2006: a Sonoma Coast appellation bottling and a Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Single vineyard Pinot Noirs have since been added from Sangiacomo, Gap's Crown and Rodgers Creek Vineyards. Sojourn also releases a Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon and a Beckstoffer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are sold exclusively through an allocated mailing list with limited restaurant and retail distribution.

Winemaking is very hands-off, using whole berry native fermentations in small open-tops, employing hand punch downs, basket pressing, and the avoidance of pumps. The Pinot Noirs are unfined and unfiltered.

The Sojourn Cellars Tasting Salon is open to groups of up to 12 for a personal tasting by appointment, 10:00 to 5:00 daily. The charge is $35 per person. 141 E Napa St., Sonoma. 707-938-7212.

Reviewed Wines

2015 Sojourn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.36, TA 0.67, 591 cases, $38. Release spring 2017. Whole cluster pressed, fermented in French oak barrels with native yeast, complete malolactic fermentation, and aging 11 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. Bottled Unfined. · Moderately light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. This wine is intended to please those who prefer a ripe, more buttery style of Chardonnay. Aromas of yellow stone fruits and lemon are echoed in the flavors with added tropical and buttery oak notes. Nicely balanced, slightly viscous in texture, with a pleasing fruit intensity and a good cut on the finish. Score: 90. Reviewed December 13, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 2,280 cases, $39. A blend of grapes from eight vineyards in the Sonoma Coast AVA, ranging from Occidental to the Petaluma Gap. Key components are Gap’s Crown, Sangiacomo, Rodgers Creek and Walala vineyards. Pinot Noir clones 115, “828,” 667, Pommard and Wädenswil 2A. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic upon opening, with scents of cherry, pomegranate, spice, earthy flora and peat. Highly satisfying from the get-go, with mid weight flavors of cherry, pomegranate, black raspberry and Damsel plum fruits accented with enviable spice. Nicely balanced with oak adding interest in the background and finishing with good generosity. You won’t find a better Sonoma Coast appellation Pinot Noir in the marketplace. Score: 90. Reviewed December 13, 2016 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 ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Sangiacomo Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.39, TA 0.70, 348 cases, $45. Release spring 2017. The wine is a combination of clone 95 from Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard and Old Wente clone from Sangiacomo Vella Ranch and Green Acres. Whole cluster pressed, fermented slowly in French oak barrels using native yeast, lees stirring the first three months, and aged in French oak barrels, 30% new. Malolactic fermentation allowed to progress as far as it desired. Bottled unfined. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. This wine is styled in a more vibrant, bright style. Aromas of lemon and grapefruit lead to a crisp and clean palate that is citrus driven. Vivid flavors, with oak playing a minor role, and finishing on a spirited note with a juicy, cleansing attitude. Score: 92. Reviewed December 13, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.3% alc., pH 3.31, TA 0.65, 450 cases, $48. Cleaned-up Wente selections. Whole cluster pressed, fermented with native yeast and aged in French oak barrels, 40% new. 100% malolactic fermentation. Bottled unfined. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of lemon, apple, spice, vanilla creme, brioche and nuts. The palate is infused with citrus, but also pear and apple flavors with a hint of oak. A solid wine that is not to rich or too lean, with a smooth but not creamy mouthfeel and some finishing verve. Score: 92. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.61, 774 cases, $48. Release spring 2017. Since 2008, Sojourn has worked with this vineyard sits high on a ridge in the Petaluma Gap, taking the full brunt of wind and thick fog that define this cool climate zone. Soils are volcanic ash on steep inclines. The foundation of the wine is Pommard clone that underwent 15% whole cluster fermentation, with some clone 777 that was de-stemmed. Barrels from the Bertranges forest was used to offer earthy umami characteristics that enhance the earth and mushroom notes of the Pommard clone in this wine. Open-top fermentation with native yeast, aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Deep aromas of earthy cherry fruit with a hint of stem and sandalwood. Inviting marriage of ripe black cherry and blackberry fruits with savory hints of earth and mushroom. Noticeable, but not intrusive velvety tannins, with a welcome touch of toasty oak, and a finish with emphatic length. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. Reviewed December 13, 2016 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 ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Riddle Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.58, 350 cases, $59. This vineyard is located in the cool Green Valley of Russian River Valley near the town of Occidental. Planted in 2008 at high density of 3.5’ x 6’ in Goldridge soils. Clones 115, “828,” Pommard and Mt. Eden taken as original bud wood from a prominent vineyard planted along California’s Central Coast. 100% de-stemmed, open-top native yeast fermentation, aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Shy, but seductive aromas of darker cherries and berries, spice and floral intricacy. Well-structured with a mid weight core of forest-tinged purple berry fruits. Admirable elegance, with opulent fruit and that appealing West Sonoma Coast savoriness. Beautifully composed, with a fat and lifted finish. Score: 94. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Ridgetop Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.58, 200 cases, $59. This is one of those secluded west Sonoma Coast vineyards that is very hard to get to. It is owned and managed by Thomas Rivers Brown and Fred Schrader with Ulises Valdez caring for the vineyard. It is surrounded by redwood trees at 1,100 feet elevation. This is unique site, located near Annapolis, is rather tropical. Yields are miniscule with concentrated flavors as vines struggle to grow in Goldridge loam soil and remnants of ancient seabed. Clones 115, 667 and 777 were fermented separately. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Soaring aromas of dark red cherry and berry with a compliment of spice and sous-bois. Exotic and foresty in the mouth, with engaging flavors of purple berries, pomegranate, blueberry and pine needle. Gentle in demeanor, with well integrated oak, and a juicy, persistent finish. Even better when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle showing loads of enchanting black cherry, purple berry and spice flavors. A unique wine with character. Score: 94. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.60, 1,020 cases, $59. Release spring 2017. This vineyard is located on Roberts Road at the western base of Sonoma Mountain. The base of this wine is clone 115 with small portions of 777 and Swan clones added in for complexity. Extremely low yields. 100% de-stemmed, open-top fermentation with native yeast, and aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Persistent aromas of black cherry, spice, purple grapes and oak shavings lead to a mid weight treasure of purple berry and black cherry goodness that has impressive depth of flavor and a remarkably plush and luxurious mouthfeel. Not a powerhouse like the Gap’s Crown, but nimble and texturally mesmerizing. Needs a little time to fully integrate the oak. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 94. Reviewed December 13, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.64, 768 cases, $69. Release spring 2017. This vineyard is located on Roberts Road just above the Sangiacomo Vineyard yet the wines it produces are completely different. The base of the wine is clone 115 and 667, with small amounts of “828” that was whole cluster pressed and blended in for an overall total of 10% whole cluster. The 667 grown here produces very small berries and potent concentration so it is used judiciously. The vineyard typically delivers fruit richness, robust tannins and ample acidity and Erich must fight to tone the wine down. In 2015, tiny berries resulted in high levels of concentration. Clones fermented separately and aged separately before blending. Small amount of whole cluster. Open-top fermentation with native yeast and aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Hi-tone aromas of purple berries, spice and earthy flora soar from the glass with swirling. A mid weight plus core of luscious boysenberry and blueberry fruits brings the palate to attention. Very juicy and sappy with slightly astringent tannins and a hint of oak, welcome textural fluidity, and finishing with lasting generosity. This one will stand up to a good steak. Score: 92. Reviewed December 13, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Reuling Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.63, 325 cases, $69. This vineyard was planted in 2000 under the direction of Mark Aubert and Peter Michael Winery and is composed of 12.2 acres of Pinot Noir planted to Calera selection and two distinct “suitcase” selections reportedly from the Vosne-Romanee region of Burgundy. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation in open-tops, aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black raspberry, game and earth come to the fore in the glass. Flavors of black raspberry, boysenberry, and black cherry are complimented by a riff of graphite and forest floor. Silky in the mouth, with balanced ripe fruit tannins, deft oak in the background, and a noticeably long finish. Even better when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Sojourn Walala Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.65, 328 cases, $69. Release spring 2017. Inaugural vintage from this vineyard formerly owned by Premier Pacific and now owned by Bill Price. The vineyard sits on a spectacular ridge located 1,200 feet above sea level, just inland from the Pacific Ocean near the coastal town of Annapolis. Clones 113, 115, 777 and “828,” are planted in gravelly loam soils.The vineyard rarely is warmer than 80ºF but the elevation gives the vines ample sunlight and there has not been a problem getting grapes to ripen. 100% de-stemmed, open-top fermentation with native yeast, aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A standout in this lineup of excellent 2015 Pinot Noirs, offering aromas of cherry, strawberry, cranberry and spice with a forest floor accent. Flat-out stunning on the palate with a charge of delicious black cherry fruit that sticks to the mid palate and hangs on through an extraordinarily long and graciously fruity finish. Beautifully composed, with dry well-proportioned tannins and a satiny mouthfeel. This wine breathes new life into the promise of Pinot Noir that winemakers dream about. Score: 96. Reviewed December 13, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Sojourn Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.56, 650 cases, $42. Clones 115 and 667 from Wohler Vineyard, Riddle Vineyard, Pratt Vineyard and a small amount of Reuling Vineyard. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation in open-top tanks, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic, with effusive scents of Bing cherry and spice. The discretely concentrated core of dark cherry fruit is accented with hints of black tea, tar and smoke. Sleek tannins and matched acidity make for easy drinking. A modest finish features bright cherry fruit. A solid value. Score: 89. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Sojourn Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

89. 2014 Sojourn Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 14.2% alc., pH 3.51, TA 0.61, 225 cases, $45. Release fall 2016. Vineyard on Roberts Road just above the Sangiacomo Vineyard. Inaugural vintage from this vineyard for Chardonnay after making Pinot Noir from the same site since 2007. Clones 76 and 95 fermented separately in French oak barrels using native yeast. Whole cluster pressed, 100% malolactic fermentation, aged 11 months in 30% new French oak, and bottled unfined. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Richly appointed aromas of lemon oil, pineapple and nectarine lead to a softly textured palate featuring ripe pear and yellow peach fruits framed by a kiss of nutty oak and supported by cleansing acidity. Score: 90. Reviewed June 19, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.65, 375 cases, $45. Released spring 2016. Clone 95 from Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard and Old Wente clone from Sangiacomo Vella Ranch and Green Acres. Whole cluster pressed and barreled down into French oak barrels, 30% new. Native yeast fermentation and 100% malolactic fermentation. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined. · Deep golden yellow color in the glass. Demure aromas of citrus, banana and vanilla water. Cohesive flavors of ripe apple, pear and orchard fruits, with added notes of creme caramel and honey. Somewhat weighty and heady, with an appealing creamy presence. Score: 89. Reviewed June 19, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Sojourn Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.3% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.60, 400 cases, $48. Release fall 2016. Old Wente clone from both old and newer plantings. Whole cluster pressed and barreled down, native yeast fermentation and 100% malolactic fermentation. Aged in 40% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Shy, but pleasing mineral-inflected nose with added scents of citrus peel and vanilla. Polished and expressive, with flavors of lemon butter, pear, white peach and toasted brioche that persist on the finish that has uncommon fruit presence. Score: 91. Reviewed June 19, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Sojourn Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.57, 775 cases, $48. Released spring 2016. This vineyard is located in the Petaluma Gap high on a ridge. Some whole cluster fermented Pommard clone is blended with clone 777. 15% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in July 2015. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is more savory than fruity, offering aromas of potpourri with redder fruits in the background. The intense attack of perfectly ripened cherry fruit is almost numbing, yet the wine is focused and refined. There is plenty of savory spices and a light hand with oak. The satiny texture is very comforting, and the finish has grand cru length. A perfect marriage of fruit and savory nuances. Score: 94. Reviewed May 11, 2016 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 ARTICLE »

2014 Sojourn Riddle Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.58, 350 cases, $59. Released fall 2016. Vineyard is located north of Occidental on the second ridge from the Pacific Ocean in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA. Clones are 115, Mt. Eden and Pommard planted in sandy loam Goldridge soils in 2008. 100% de-stemmed. Open-top fermentation with native yeasts, aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple hue in the glass. Beautifully perfumed with hi-tone scents of dark berry jam and Asian 5-spice. Mid weight plus in style with a strong physique, yet charming and nimble. The dark berry core really grabs on to the mid palate and holds through a fruit-laden finish. The wine has a trim oak compliment and a thick yet lubricating texture. Score: 94. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Sojourn Ridgetop Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.56, 250 cases, $59. Released fall 2016. Vineyard is owned and managed by Thomas Rivers Brown, Fred Schrader and Ulises Valdez and is located in the northern Sonoma Coast near Annapolis. The site is surrounded by redwoods at about 1,100 feet elevation. There is a notable maritime influence, with fog ever present and receding each day. Clones 115, 667 and 777 blended together after being separately fermented in open-tops with native yeast. Aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Gorgeous aromas of strawberry cherry and rose petal. Intriguing on the palate with a charge of black cherry, black raspberry, blueberry and spice flavors delivering a real mouthful of pleasure. Impeccably balanced, with a cashmere mouthfeel and a remarkable finish that offers good cut, length and a baby oil exit. Score: 94. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.57,1,350 cases, $59. Released spring 2016. Sourced from Roberts Road Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap region. Clones 115, 777 and Swan. Grapes were allowed to hang on the vine until late harvest. 100% destemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered August 2015. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The intoxicating nose is complex, offering scents of cherry, strawberry, spice, earth and exotic bouquet. A vibrant wine on the palate that features well-spiced redder fruits framed by poised acidity and toned tannins. Silky in texture, and deftly balanced, with an intensely fruited finish reminiscent of a perfectly ripened, sweet strawberry. This wine is the best I have ever tasted from this vineyard. Score: 95. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Sojourn Reuling Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.58, 275 cases, $69. Released fall 2016. This 12.2-acre vineyard is located between Graton and Forestvllle. Planted in 2000 under direction of Mark Aubert and Peter Michael Winery. Heritage clones (Calera and two suitcase selections from Vosne-Romanee) are planted in Goldridge soils. Native yeast fermentation in open-top vats, aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Heady aromas of black cherry, sous-bois, woodland and nutty oak. Both fruity and savory on the velvety palate, with flavors of black cherry and dark red raspberry enhanced with a light tough of toasty oak. A subtle savory herbal imprint runs in the background. Juicy, with noticeable but tame tannins and impressive length on a finish that is reluctant to give up. Score: 93. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.60, 600 cases, $38. Release in spring 2015. A blend from several vineyards including Sangiacomo Vella and Green Acres ranches, Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard, Durell Vineyard, and Campbell Ranch Vineyard. Each component was fermented separately with native yeast in French oak barrels, 30% new and underwent 100% malolactic fermentation. Regular lees stirring was performed during the first three months of fermentation and aging. After 11 months, the components were blend to create a winemaker’s cuvée, and bottled unfined. · Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon cake, nutty spread and floral bouquet. Some richness of lemon, honey and caramel flavor with a noticeable oak overlay. Slightly creamy, finishing with a subtle saline note. Score: 89. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.56, 1,750 cases, $39. Release in spring 2015. A blend of eight lots from the Sojourn stall of vineyard sources with Gap’s Crown and Sangiacomo vineyards making up the majority of the blend. A mix of clones 115, “828,” 667, Pommard and 2A. 100% destemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very fragrant with vibrant aromas of black cherry, raspberry, cardamom spice and a hint of toast and smoke. Mid weight plus core of earth-kissed flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, cassis, black tea and dark chocolate brownie. Nicely balanced tannins, good vibrancy, and a lengthy finish boasting plenty of spiced plum flavor. A very good AVA wine. Score: 89. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.56, 500 cases, $42. Sourced from Wohler Vineyard (clone 2A) and Riddle Vineyard (Mt. Eden and Pommard). Clones 115 and 667. 100% destemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Medium reddish purple hue in the glass. Highly aromatic, even two days after opening, with scents of Bing cherry, spice sous-bois and a hint of oak. Smooth on the palate, with light to mid weight flavors of black cherry, cola and tobacco. A bit shallow on the attack and finish with a little too much oak overlay for my taste. Score: 88. Reviewed July 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Campbell Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.58, 175 cases, $45. Young and old vines planted to Old Wente clone. Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented with native yeasts, 100% malolactic fermentation. Aged in 20% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. The charming nose is alive with scents of lemon cake, brioche and dried mango. Seamless on the palate, with inviting richness of lemon, grapefruit and white peach flavors that lead to a lively, crisp finish that begs another sip. Best Chardonnay yet from Sojourn. Score: 92. Reviewed July 13, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.62, 325 cases, $45. Release in spring 2015. A combination of Old Wente clone from Sangiacomo Vella Ranch (planted in 1997) and clone 95 from Roberts Road Vineyard (planted in 1998). Whole cluster pressed, 100% malolactic fermentation, aged in French oak barrels, 30% new and bottled unfined. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. A refined and classy wine with aromas of pear, melon and lychee. Crisp flavors of citrus, pear and nutty oak are complimentary. Very clean with good cut and a refreshing finish. Score: 91. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.57, 700 cases, $48. Release in spring 2015. From a vineyard located in the Petaluma Gap. Pommard ( a portion of which is fermented whole cluster) and 777 clones. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry and raspberry are accented with notes of seasoned oak and stem. Light in weight but flavorful, with a vivid core of cherry fruit framed by an herbal tone. Well-balanced, with a refreshing and intensely flavored cherry-themed finish. Score: 90. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Wohler Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.57, 525 cases, $48. Young vines in Goldridge soil. Clones are Wädenswil 2A, “828,” 115 and 667. This vineyard was replanted in 2006 and is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley within sight of the historic Wohler Bridge. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is shy initially, but opens slightly over time to reveal inviting aromas of Bing cherry and cola. Bright dark cherry and dark raspberry flavor in a mid weight style with deep oak seasoning in the background. The tannins are balanced, and the wine finishes with some enjoyable cherry cola goodness. Score: 89. Reviewed July 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.58, 1,250 cases, $54. Vineyard is located on Roberts Road at the base of Sonoma Mountain. Clone 115, 777, and small amounts of Swan selection. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The deep aroma of cherries is accented with scents of wooded forest, bark and potpourri. Redder fruits are featured in this middleweight wine which offers crisp, clean flavors, modest fine-grain tannins and a pleasing cherry-fueled finish kissed by oak. Score: 92. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Campbell Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.58, 300 cases, $59. This vineyard is surrounded by redwoods at about 750 feet elevation, located in the northern coastal mountains near Annapolis. Clones 115 and 777. 10% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Aromas of crushed dark red berries and spice draw you into the glass. Smooth and refined, with delicious flavors of spiced red cherries and berries underlain with an earthy flora tone. Nicely balanced with well integrated oak, fine-grain texturally interesting tannins, and a charge of fresh fruit on the finish. Still pumping out the goodness two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. Reviewed July 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.58, TA 0.60, 1,025 cases, $59. Release in spring 2015. Gap’s Crown is located on Roberts Road just above the Sangiacomo Vineyard. “828,” 115, and 667 clones. 10% whole cluster (the “828” was fermented with stems). Native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Subdued aromas of darker fruits, forest floor and spice. Welcome attack of luscious dark red and blue fruits including blueberry and pomegranate. Refined and silky in the mouth with eyeopening intensity and length on the big finish. Score: 92. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Ridgetop Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.56, 425 cases, $59. This vineyard is owned and managed by Thomas Rivers Brown and Fred Schrader, with Ulises Valdez caring for the vineyard. It is located near Annapolis in the northern Sonoma Coast region at 1100 feet elevation. Clones 115, 667 and 777 blended after being fermented in separate lots. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely perfume of black cherry, red berry, baking spice and sous-bois. Very tasty attack of black cherry, black raspberry and marionberry fruits framed by soft tannins with a deep toasty oak overlay. The finish is quite generous, but leaves a bit of heat in its wake. Score: 89. Reviewed July 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Sojourn Silver Eagle Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.49, TA 0.60, 325 cases, $59. This vineyard is owned and managed by Ulises Valdez, and is located in the rolling hills north of Occidental. Clones are Pommard, Calera and a unique Vosne-Romanee selection. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Reticent, but pleasing aromas of blackberry jam, black grapes and sweet oak. Silky in the mouth with layers of black raspberry, blackberry and black cherry fruits that are saucy and lush. The fine tannins are well integrated and the right touch of oak adds interest. The finish is clean and fruity with notable persistence. Still highly enjoyable two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 92. Reviewed July 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Sojourn Cellars Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.56, 725 cases, $48. Released spring 2014.This vineyard is perched high on a ridge in the Petaluma Gap. The foundation of this wine is Pommard clone, a 15% portion of which is fermented whole cluster. Clone 777 is blended in. Aged in 50% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Whole cluster plays a role in this wine with noticeable floral and exotic spice aromas evident on the nose and a slight vegetative, mushroom note underlying the middleweight core of earth-kissed cherry fruit. Soft in the mouth with noticeable but not intrusive tannins, this wine will benefit from more time in bottle. Score: 91. Reviewed May 15, 2014 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 ARTICLE »

2012 Sojourn Cellars Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.58, 825 cases, $54. Vineyard located in the northern end of the Petaluma Gap. Rocky soils that are de-vigorating. Clones 115, “828,” and 667 fermented and aged separately and then blended. 10% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of black cherry, baking spice and toast. Smooth and harmonious on the palate, with layers of flavor including black cherry, black raspberry, sassafras, and spice. The toasty oak is nicely integrated, the tannins are supple and the wine finishes with respectable intensity. This is the most concentrated wine in the 2012 Sojourn lineup, but the wine handles its sappy fruit beautifully. Score: 92. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Sojourn Cellars Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.55, 1,150 cases, $54. This vineyard is located on Roberts Road at the western base of Sonoma Mountain in the Petaluma Gap. Clones 115 and 777 form the foundation of this wine with some Pommard clone and Swan selection blended in. 100% destemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Deep aromas of dark red cherries, raspberries and rose petals bring the nose to attention. Delicious flavors of fresh cherries, baking spice and sandalwood on a seamless frame. Very satisfying, with an appealing modesty and elegance and a silky mouth feel. A cherry kiss on the generous finish encourages another sip. Score: 94. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Sojourn Cellars Campbell Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., H 3.66, TA 0.57, 275 cases, $59. This vineyard is located in the remote far west Sonoma Coast near Annapolis and is now managed by Ulises Valdez. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Clones 115 and 777. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose evolves beautifully over time in the glass, revealing an enticing array of aromas including cherry pie glaze, spiced raspberry, red plum and garden flora. Velvety on entry and exit with mid weight flavors of blueberry and cherry with the slightest riff of spice. This wine is more than fruit centric with an appealing earthy, forest undertone. Beautifully balanced with submerged tannins and welcoming finishing intensity. Score: 94. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Sojourn Cellars Silver Eagle Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.57, 325 cases, $59. This 30-acre vineyard is located in the hills north of Occidental in the Green Valley AVA at the western edge of the Sonoma Coast. The wine is a blend of multiple blocks including Pommard, Calera and Vosne-Romanee selections. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose unravels nicely over time in the glass, revealing upbeat aromas of dark cherry, grape, and dark raspberry. Juicy and vibrant, featuring dark red fruit flavors with a complimentary sheen of oak spice. The tannins are nicely balanced and the spicy finish is invigorating. Score: 92. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Sojourn Cellars Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.60, 550 cases, $48. Released Spring 2013. Vineyard is high on a ridge in the heart of the Petaluma Gap. The vines receive the full brunt of wind and fog that define this cool climate site. The light chalky volcanic ash soils on steep inclines typically lead to vine stress and high levels of concentration. Pommard and 777 clones. 15% whole cluster (Pommard), aged in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red berries, black cherries, briar and a hint of spearmint. Light, even a bit thin, with tangy flavors of red cherries, red raspberries and cola, supple tannins, and a good cut of acidity on the mildly shallow finish. Very giving and easy to drink. Good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Sojourn Cellars Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.57, 975 cases, $48. Released February 2012. This vineyard is located at the western base of Sonoma Mountain in the Petaluma Gap. Clones 115, 777 and small portions of Swan and Pommard. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels. · Vibrant aromas of fresh cherry pie glaze and baking spice with oak in the background. Juicy and light on its feet, with flavors that echo the nose.Very smooth and comforting, slipping off the palate at the end leaving an impression of perfectly ripe black cherry fruit. A rather feminine wine that packs a wallop of flavor. Still satisfying the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Sojourn Cellars Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.58, 800 cases, $54. Released Spring 2013. This hillside vineyard is located on Roberts Road just above Sangiacomo Vineyard. Clones are 828, 115 and 667. 10% whole cluster, aged in 50% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy but pleasing aromas of dark red cherries, raspberry jam, peat and wood shed. A pretty wine with impressive roundness and polish, offering flavors of cherry pie glaze and mixed berries, with oak-driven spicy layers in the background, and noticeable richness on the mid palate. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Sojourn Cellars Campbell Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.58, 175 cases, $59. Release fall 2013. Ulises Valdez has taken over vineyard management of the property. Located in the remote coastal mountains near Annapolis, it is surrounded by redwoods at about 750 foot elevation. Clones 115 and 777. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Bright aromas of dark red cherries and berries as well as wooded forest. Very tasty and harmonious, with ripely flavored blueberries, raspberries and cherries. Smoothly textured with soft, dry tannins and a generous finish. Nothing out of place. Still pumping out the flavors nicely the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Sojourn Cellars Ridgetop Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.55, 275 cases, $59. Release fall 2013. This vineyard is owned and managed by Thomas Rivers Brown and Fred Schrader and farmed by Ulises Valdez. Located in the remote coastal mountains near Annapolis, it is surrounded by redwoods at 1100 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Yields are minuscule with concentrated flavors. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. The perfume draws you into the glass with aromas of darker plum and berry with notes of balsam and salt air. Delicious middleweight core of vibrant plum, black cherry, berry and cola flavors clothed in soft, lacy tannins, finishing with a lingering memory of cherry liquor. Very smooth in the mouth and discreetly sappy, this wine displays impeccable balance. Memorable. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Sojourn Cellars Silver Eagle Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.56, 175 cases, $59. Release fall 2013. Inaugural vintage for this 30-acre vineyard farmed by Ulises Valdez that is located in the Green Valley AVA north of Occidental and at the western edge of the Sonoma Coast. Pommard clone, and Calera and Vosne-Romanee selections were sourced from a low-vigor section of the vineyard. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Frgrant with aromas of red fruit, particularly cherry, and sandalwood. An elegant wine that is light on its feet with tasty flavors of cherries, raspberries and cranberries accented with baking spice and oak. Forward, easy to drink, with plenty of pinotosity, but not enough fruit singing. A little better when tasted later in the day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2008 Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.72, 550 cases, $39. A blend from several vineyards in the Sonoma Coast AVA including the Fedrick Vineyard, Windsor Oaks Vineyard and Sangiacomo Vineyard. All Dijon clones (115, 667, 777). · Very lovely scents of black raspberries, cassis and underbrush. A strikingly smooth and easy going wine featuring the redder spectrum of Pinot fruits including strawberries and raspberries with a hint of sassafras. The tannins are very supple and the whole package is perfectly harmonious. I could sip this one all night. The wine faded a bit the next day from an opened and re-corked bottle so drink this one up now. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Sojourn Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.63, 440 cases, $48. This vineyard is located on Roberts Road just above the Sangiacomo Vineyard on the west-facing slopes of Sonoma Mountain in the Petaluma Gap. · Nuanced aromatics featuring notes of spiced plums, pine pitch, wooded forest and a little good funk. Intense and concentrated darker fruits are set off by a hint of white pepper and oak. Very smoothly textured with a pleasing fruity persistence on the finish. Not as expressive now as the other 2008 Sojourn wines and needs to shed some tannin. This wine has a way to go before it completely reveals itself. That said, the wine possesses obvious potential. Very good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.66, 580 cases, $48. This vineyard is located at the western base of Sonoma Mountain. Clones 115 and 777 are from blocks that are more than ten years old. · Plenty of Pinot singing here beginning with enticing aromas of mixed berry jam and spice box including cardamon. Delicious rainbow of berry fruits discreetly concentrated and beautifully layered. Silky smooth in the mouth with remarkable persistence on the aromatic finish. The fruit is pulled into perfect alignment with fine acidity and tannin, and the oak adds just the right nuances. Heaven sent. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Sojourn Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $47. This vineyard is located on west-facing slopes of Sonoma Mountain, where the winds and cool fog from the Petaluma Gap are frequently evident. The vineyard is owned and farmed by Premier Pacific Vineyards. Multiple wineries source from this large vineyard of about 140 acres planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir clones are Swan, 114, 115, 667, 777 and 828 on four different rootstocks. · Really attractive nose composed of bright black cherries, red plums and a dusting of oak. Black cherry and black raspberry fruits cascade easily through the palate complimented by a vein of citric peel and vanillin. Moderately rich with good purity of flavor and a refined mouth feel. A good effort that is very well crafted. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Sojourn Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 240 cases, $36. This wine is a blend of grapes from two Sangiacomo Vineyards - Roberts Road and Vella. · A medium-bodied Pinot Noir which needs air time to express itself. The nose is replete with rhubarb, exotic woods, toast and Xmas spice. The ripe Pinot fruits tend to the dark flavors and are rustic and tart. The finish delivers a little heat but it is not over the top. Reviewed July 9, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Sojourn Cellars Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 230 cases, $48. The Sangiacomo Vineyard that supplies the grapes for this wine in Cotati in the cool northern end of the Petaluma Gap. The wine is a blend of Dijon clones 115 and 777. · The nose is shy initially and needs plenty of swirling. Xmas spice, especially cinnamon, and leather become apparent. The flavors tend toward darker fruits with a hint of raisin. There is more richness in the mid-palate and the finish than the wine above and the alcohol is better integrated. The texture is smooth and the finish offers a nice soft landing. Reviewed July 9, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Sojourn Cellars Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Owner Craig Hasserot and winemaker Erich Bradley craft this excellent Pinot Noir that has been reviewed in the PinotFile favorably in the past. Tasting the wine in a blind lineup confirms my previous attraction to it. · This wine has shed some weight since last tasted and is quite lovely now. Plenty of flamboyant oak and smoke in the nose. Plush soft fruits leaning toward the red side with cinnamon spice. Elegant in style with lively acidity on the finish. Reviewed December 16, 2007 ARTICLE »



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