2017 Bench Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Winery

Founded in 2008 and located in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, the Brack Mountain Wine Company takes an approach to making and marketing wine they believe is more in tune with the 21st century. It operates neither as a “chateau” (no iconic buildings, sprawling estate vineyards, gardens, or caves) nor as a “negociant” bottler of bulk wine. Instead, the company focuses its attention entirely on the craft of producing fine wine. This begins with establishing long-term relationships with growers who farm vineyards sustainably. Whereas Brack Mountain does own a small property in the Dry Creek Valley, most of their production is sourced from excellent vineyards throughout Sonoma County as well as Napa, Mendocino and the Central Coast. BMWC produces a wide range of wines, including appellation and single-vineyard bottlings, varietal wines and blends, coastal Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Sonoma and Napa Cabs, old-vine Zins and even such obscure varietals as Pinot Gris, Verdelho, and Charbono. Rather than bottle the whole gamut of styles and AVAs under one label, BMWC sells them under 17 different brand names - each with a unique and eye-catching label. In this way, wines from different subregions or in different price categories are given a unique identity, and the company has more versatility in targeting different markets, such as restaurants, wine bars, connoisseurs or millennials. Despite the variety, one thing remains constant: winemaking. All the wines are produced in small lots and in a style that emphasizes freshness, balance, age worthiness, and moderate levels of alcohol. Avoiding many of the costs of running a traditional winery, BMWC can afford to use such artisanal methods as natural yeast fermentations and French oak aging with even its most value-oriented labels.                                                                                                                                                                                Bench offers wines sourced from benchland vineyards planted along the rise between a valley floor and rocky slopes. These vineyards produce wines with character and structure. Bench label wines are AVA-designated, focussing on specific subregions within Sonoma County, such as the Russian River Valley and the Alexander Valley. These wines are sourced from carefully-selected and sustainably-farmed vineyards. BMWC’s most popular label, Bench offers elegant, modern and approachable wines at affordable prices.

Wine

This Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir features vibrant aromatics and lively flavors. It was sourced primarily from the Sangiacomo Amaral Vineyard on the Sonoma side of Carneros with a small amount from the Russian River Valley for additional depth and structure. Gentle handling in the winery, such as frequent manual punchdowns instead of pumpovers during the maceration, brought out the dark color without extracting excessive tannins or bitterness. Racking the wine to barrel just before fermentation finished preserved the structured core of dark fruit. The affordable price makes opening this high-class Pinot an easy decision. Try it with grilled vegetables, chicken or fish.

Winemaking

A combination of destemmed fruit and whole bunches were fermented on natural yeasts in open top stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in French oak.

Tasting notes

Dark forest fruit and notes of plum open up on the nose while bright currant, cola and cedar emerge on the palate. A lean, vibrant and delightful Pinot with fine tannins that carry on through the finish.

Appellation

Sonoma Coast

Varietal

Pinot Noir

Size

750ml

Closure

Cork

Alcohol

13.7%

UPC

793573135421