ARGOT 2017 Bastard Tongue Pinot Noir Sonoma County

VINEYARD   A careful selection of barrels hailing from three distinct Pinot Noir vineyards, each handpicked for their unique and profound expression of Sonoma County’s world-class terroir
PRODUCTION   193 cases
VARIETAL   100% Pinot Noir. Clones: Swan, Calera, 115
CRUSH   Night harvested by hand throughout September, cluster and berry sorted by hand, de-stemmed, no crushing
FERMENT   7-day cold soaks, followed by native fermentation in open-top bins.  Average time on the skins, 14 days.
AGING   20 months, French oak, 100% new.  Never racked prior to bottling.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
NOTES A joyously opulent vintage of Bastard Tongue, reflecting both 2017’s dramatic growing season, and the inherent complexities of Sonoma County’s terroir. The wine glides across the palate, poised and elegant in texture, delivering bright red fruits, a profound depth of flavor and exuberant freshness, all while anchored by the classic, complex undertones of cool-climate Pinot Noir — pine-forest, minerality and spice. A wine that is thrilling to enjoy, and a worthy successor, that ups the ante set forth by its predecessors. Unfortunately, true to the vintage, yields were lower than in prior years, so there is a bit less wine to go around this year.