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Emeritus Vineyards

Sebastopol, CA United States

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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

Founded by legendary vintner Brice Cutrer Jones in 1999, Emeritus Vineyards is dedicated to making America’s finest Pinot Noir. To achieve this goal, Emeritus established a grand cru-caliber estate program featuring 140 acres of dry-farmed Pinot Noir at two vineyards: Hallberg Ranch in Russian River Valley and Pinot Hill on the Sonoma Coast. Today, Emeritus is stewarded by second-generation President Mari Jones, Winemaker David Lattin and Vineyard Manager Kirk Lokka, who embrace a philosophy that great wines are shaped by three factors: soil, climate, and people. The distinctive soils of Hallberg Ranch and Pinot Hill allow Emeritus to dry farm its grapes, resulting in remarkably deep root structures, while the cool climate of these renowned sites give the wines their pure, soaring flavors. Last, but most important, the experience, wisdom and passion of the Emeritus team give the wines their spirit, creating Pinot Noirs of unparalleled elegance, integrity, and purity.

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