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Emeritus Vineyards

Sebastopol, CA USA

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  • 2019 Emeritus Vineyards, Hallberg Ranch
    Russian River Valley
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    Hallberg Ranch has a significant marine influence and regular diurnal temperature swings of 40˚F. There are eleven clones planted on the site, including two field selections from iconic vineyards in the Côte de Nuits. Because the vineyard has been dry farmed since 2011, the roots of the vines can reach depths of 20 feet or more in search of water stored in the clay subsoil. Dry farming allows the grapes to achieve exceptional physiological ripeness at lower sugar levels, while retaining the acidity that is essential to great Pinot Noir.
    Suggested Retail Price: $48
  • 2020 Emeritus Vineyards, Hallberg Blanc
    Russian River Valley
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    This wine was made by gently removing juice from our Pinot Noir grapes prior to any skin contact. This results in wine with lower alcohol, higher acid and virtually no color. The juice was fermented in a concrete tank and neutral barrels using native yeast and low temperatures. After fermentation the concrete lot was transferred to neutral puncheons and a few new barrels to provide textural richness. The barrels were then stirred periodically to build additional body in the lots that were allowed to finish malo-lactic fermentation. The result is super-aromatic and beautifully textural wine.
    Suggested Retail Price: $43
  • 2019 Emeritus Vineyards
    Sonoma Coast
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    OPinot Hill, was acquired in 2007. Located in the cool Sebastopol Hills region with steep grades of 10-15%, it is situated in a fog channel where the Pacific Ocean fog first penetrates inland and is last to burn off. Pinot Hill is dry farmed, and planted to 31 acres of Pinot Noir with seven different clones. The vineyard’s well-drained soil and cool climate yields less than two tons per acre, even in years like 2018. These tiny berries result in wines of singular complexity and concentration.
    Suggested Retail Price: $63

Description

In 1999, legendary vintner Brice Cutrer Jones founded Emeritus with the goal of creating a grand cru-caliber estate capable of making the New World’s finest Pinot Noir. To achieve this goal, Brice and renowned Vineyard Manager Kirk Lokka planted two remarkable vineyards: Hallberg Ranch in the Russian River Valley, and Pinot Hill in the Sebastopol Hills. Totaling 150 acres of dry-farmed vines, these vineyards have emerged as two of California’s most revered winegrowing sites, famed for producing wines that are as unique as they are extraordinary. Today, Emeritus is run by second-generation President Mari Jones and Winemaker David Lattin, who have continued building Emeritus’s reputation to new heights.

Since our founding, Emeritus has been guided by a simple, timeless philosophy: that great wines are shaped by three factors soil, climate, and people. The distinctive soils of our vineyards allow us to dry farm our grapes, resulting in the deep root structures that shape the character of our Pinot Noirs. The cool, foggy climate provides our wines with their pure, soaring flavors and energetic personalities. Most importantly, the elegant, complexity of our wines is guided by the wisdom and passion of our dedicated team.

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