2016 La Familia Pinot Noir
95pts - Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
92 points- Planet Grape Wine- "a cab lover's pinot"
90 points - "Very Highly Recommended" – California Grapevine
Lucky for us, behind every amazing vineyard that we farm comes an equally inspiring story from our multi-generational family history. The La Familia Pinot Noir is no exception. It is about neighbors and friends. Families and farming. Treating people with respect and tending to Mother Nature.
This commitment over time has rewarded us with a wine that is focused and pristine. The Pommard clone lends many dark fruit qualities to the wine. Deep garnet in color, one can almost taste the tiny stems that sneak their way into the crusher as they refuse to separate from their tight clusters of small fruit. A delightful representation of a big and bold wine, it can be savored now or stored for five to eight years.
Grapes are 100% picked and sorted by hand, then gently destemmed. After destemming, the crushed fruit is placed into small open-top fermenters. For this wine, we do a slightly longer cold-soak period than our other Pinot Noirs. The must is cold-soaked for six days to emphasize the spice and fruit elements bringing out a bit of sweetness while softening any harsh tannins. We punch-down up to three times daily as fermentation progresses. The juice is drained and pressed then racked into barrels that are a mix of age so the oak notes are undertones, letting the vineyard’s voice speak clearly.
Kozlowski Family Vineyard is located in the heart of the Green Valley, one of the coolest regions that Dutton Ranch farms. The vineyard is planted to several clones. For our La Familia Pinot Noir, we use the Pommard clone that was planted in 1998. This vineyard produces wine of dark red fruits with meaty, Syrah-like qualities. These vines are planted in the Goldridge soil that historically produce wines of consistent character. It is the vineyard home of Tracy Dutton’s family who have a
rich history as farmers and growers in Sonoma County for six generations. We hope you enjoy this vineyard’s fruit as much as we lovetransforming it into wine.