Vintage 2015
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 
ABV: 14.6%
Cases produced: 450


92 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Juicy and bright in brood¬ing dark cherry and strawberry, this wine persists in earthy dried herb and dry toasted tannins. The full-bodied concentration is well-managed and intrigu¬ingly complex" - Virginie Boone, April 2018

91 Points - Wine Advocate

"Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Ellenbach Vineyard is scented of black cherries and black raspberries with tree sap and wild thyme nuances plus a waft of forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with intense, fresh black and red berry layers with a chewy backbone and wonderful freshness, finishing on an earthy note." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2017

Tasting Notes

Our 2015 Ellenbach Pinot Noir stands out for its depth, structure and concentration of fruit. Rich in classic red cherry, delicate lilac and orange blossoms on the nose, this wine intrigues with bright red fruits on the palate, braiding lush tannins and vivid acidity. Hinting at a slight sweetness, this wine diverges on the palate and culminates with a tart, plush mouthfeel and a savory, elongated finish.

Vintage Notes

After three years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage brought low, but outstanding yields. A mild spring and summer with almost no rain allowed the fruit to ripen at a very steady and deliberate pace, and picking began a few days earlier than 2014. The drier-than-normal conditions and abundant sunshine contributed to the smaller berry size and low yields, resulting in wines with excellent concentration, color and flavor.

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.

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.