Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Sonoma Coast
Winemaker Jon Priest

Best known for its cool climate and proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the “True” Sonoma Coast is considered the far western edge of the coastline. This challenging extreme cooler coastal climate has vineyards competing with fog, wind and ocean breezes to ripen fruit, and is renowned for its distinct Pinot Noirs.

Source: Ellenbach Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Vinification: 100% French oak barrels (33% new) for 13 months
Clones: Dijon 828, 115 
Production: 355 cases

93 Points -

“A solid and fruity red with strawberry and stone character. Hints of olive oil. Full to medium body, fresh fruit and a clean finish. Slightly chewy. Drink in 2019.” - James Suckling, May 2017

92 Points - Vinous

“The 2014 Pinot Noir Ellenbach Vineyard is another super-distinctive wine in this range. Savory aromatics, pungent dark red/black cherry, smoke and licorice come through loud and clear. The 2014 is full of Sonoma Coast personality, but it also presents plenty of raciness and boldness.” - Antonio Galloni, January 2017

91 Points - Wine Advocate

“Another outstanding effort is the 2014 Pinot Noir North Ellenbach Vineyard from Sonoma Coast. This is from pure Goldridge soils. The wine is deep, rich and full-bodied with loads of red and black fruits. It is a delicious wine to drink over the next 5-6 years.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, December 2016

Tasting Notes

Our 2014 Ellenbach Pinot Noir stands out for its depth, structure and concentration of fruit. The nose intrigues with lush red cherry, reminiscent of kirsh and cherries jubilee. High notes of lilac and violets add complexity of the bouquet. On the palate, the rich fruit, bright acidity and sensuous tannins suggest that the wine will open up beautifully over the next several years.

Vineyard Notes

Ellenbach Vineyard sits just four miles from the Pacific Ocean in Annapolis, the northernmost part of the “True” Sonoma Coast region.  Located on steep remote, coastal hillsides, Ellenbach is positioned just above the fog line and is defined by its proximity to the Pacific and its unique 800 feet elevation.  Very cool nights allow for ideal preservation of acidity and long, intense, sunny days permit grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.  A variety of clones are planted in distinctive Goldridge soil, which differs from the region’s tilted plates and volcanic soils. These well-draining Goldridge soils combined with the vineyard’s steep hillsides further the struggle of each vine, which helps to add complexity and concentration to the resulting wines.

Vintage Notes

Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012. The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early bud break and veraison, harvest was unusually early in 2014.

Winemaking Notes

Crafted with the same minimal winemaking techniques as Etude’s celebrated Carneros Pinot Noirs, each regional wine purely reflects the unique essence and character of its regional vineyard and still maintains Etude’s hallmarks of aromatic intrigue, vibrancy of expression and depth in ageability.