2018 Head High Sonoma County Pinot Noir

2018 Head High Sonoma County Pinot Noir

¥3,960 (incl. tax)

 

This wine is a product of three Sonoma County vineyards: Gap's Crown, Durell, and Deodura. Throughout the summer, both Gap’s Crown, a hillside vineyard on Sonoma Mountain, and Durell vineyard, located west of Sonoma town, enjoy conditions that perfectly balance both warm and cool. These vineyards have such a reputation for robust and intense Pinot Noir that several of Sonoma’s best producers buy the grapes for their top wines. Head High Sonoma County Pinot shares the grapes and qualities of these wines - but is available at a much more reasonable price. The bright red fruit, crisp acidity and power of this wine all stand out. Serving slightly chilled will help mute the sharp edges. 

Winery


Winery Description

Head High was founded in 2015 by Bill Price, Sonoma wine country entrepreneur and one time surfer dude, to champion Pinot Noir from great Sonoma vineyards as well  sustainable viticulture and philanthropic-oriented business practices. Bill Price may be that major Sonoma County wine business leader that you have never heard of. For, while his name does not appear on any wine label or wine estate gate, he is an owner of or investor in many of Sonoma County’s storied wine producers, including Kistler Estate, Gary Farrell, and Kosta Browne, as well as the wineries he’s founded, Three Sticks and Head High. He also owns some famous vineyards, including Durrell and Gap’s Crown vineyards, whose fruit is used not only in Price’s wine projects but is purchased by several top-line Sonoma producers. Currently, Head High is offering Pinot Noir from the Sonoma County and Sonoma Coast AVAs, but the winery has worked with Zinfandel, Grenache, and Tempranillo in the past, either in a rosé or a red blend. In addition to standard glass bottles, Head High is producing Pinot Noir in 250 ml aluminum cans, which are super convenient for wine lovers heading for the outdoors and are 100% recyclable, too. For every two bottles of Head High purchased, the company donates one dollar to either the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation or Sustainable Surf, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the oceans. 

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Sonoma County
Winery Head High
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 29.5
Case Size 34.5 x 26.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code HH18PN
UPC 857910005003

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

Bright, light purple color. Intense aromas and flavors of red cherries and strawberry mingle with notes of orange peel, cinnamon and toasty oak. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied and alive with fresh acidity and somewhat soft tannins. 

Production


Vinification

Following a two or three-day cold soak, the must went into open-top fermenters for about two weeks. The wine was aged for 6 months in 35% new barrels, comprising 50% French and 50% Hungarian oak.

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