2018 Six Cloves Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2018 Six Cloves Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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Sonoe Hirabayashi fell in love with Pinot Noir not in Burgundy, but in Martinborough, New Zealand, where the windy, maritime climate produces Pinot Noir with vibrant flavors and acidity. In California, Hirabayashi sources Pinot Noir fruit from the newly-established Petaluma Gap AVA, where summer afternoons and evenings are cooled by ocean winds and fogs, providing the conditions for Pinot Noir fruit to develop acids and flavors that are similarly vibrant and intense. Fermenting the fruit on 25% whole clusters, Hirabayashi has produced a well-balanced and delicious wine with nuances of bright red and black fruit flavors and savory and earthy notes. 


Winery Description

Sonoe Hirabayashi grew up on an apple farm in the foothills of the Northern Alps of Japan, yet she pursued a very American dream in working her way toward founding Six Cloves, her own California wine making and consulting business. After starting out working in New York in international trade and finance, Hirabayashi got bitten by the wine bug and left the east coast to study viticulture and enology at UC Davis. As her studies wound up, she began several years of internships, seasonal and full-time positions that included stints at Kusuda in New Zealand; Montsecano in Chile; and Gary Farrell, Littorai, Dehlinger, DRNK, and Sebastiani in Sonoma County. These experiences gave her the expertise as well as the confidence to conceive of a wine business with a Japan focus. Six Cloves provides consulting on exporting California wine to the Japanese market. Hirabayashi-san is also making wine she believes will appeal to Japanese consumers and match the delicacy of Japanese cuisine. 

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Sonoma Coast
Winery Six Cloves
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.1 x 29.5
Case Size 33.0 x 25.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code SX18PN

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Tasting notes

Red cherry and cranberry aromas with notes of wet earth, sage and black pepper open up a palate of dark fruit flavors. Velvety tannins and acidity provide texture and structure that holds up through a long, spicy finish.

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