Hand-harvested and hand-sorted on the 12th of September, 2017. The 2017 Cuvée Kaela Pinot Noir was a blend of Blocks 4 (Selection ‘S’) and Block 1 (Selection “R”). Fermented with 100% native yeasts and 100% whole cluster in concrete tanks. This wine was pressed ≤15 days post harvest. For all intents and purposes, a combination of pumpovers, punchdowns and delestage are used, however the vintage dictates just how many or few we decide to impart. Free-run was drained overnight and press kept separate. Élevage was in a combination of 600L and 228L barrels as well as Stainless Steel for 29 months sur lie.
2017 started off with abundant rains again until late Spring providing decent vigor. Mild conditions during ﬂowering allowed for a beautiful set. The summer months were fairly mild until Labor Day weekend when we saw a massive heat spell for days on end. Needless to say, we did see some desiccation as well as a change to the fruit and different measures were taken in the winery to deal with this. After all of our fruit was in, early October saw ﬁerce winds which fueled the ﬁre that ravaged parts of Sonoma County. And yet throughout all of it we remain #SonomaStrong.