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Winemaker Rob Fischer and owner Byron Ziegler, the visionaries and creators of Banshee Wines launched in April 2020 and a tasting room will open in downtown Healdsburg in June 2020. Marine Layer partnered with local designers, the Hommeboys, to capture the spirit of the Sonoma Coast in the design of the tasting room.
The winery offers a lineup of small production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast. The founders have decades of experience and deeply rooted relationships with the top growers in the Sonoma Coast.
The name, Marine Layer, pays homage to the prominent blanket of fog that pours in from the Pacific.
2018 Marine Layer Jentoft Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.2% alc., 125 cases, $65. 30% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 35% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, cranberry, wintergreen, and sweet pipe smoke. Mid-weight in character, with flavors of red and black cherry, strawberry, and dried herbs. Silky on the palate with minimal tannins and a juicy finish with some length. There is a subtle vegetative green quality to this wine due to underripe fruit and or whole cluster. Score: 91. Reviewed August 22, 2021 ARTICLE »