2018 L'usine Cellars Pinot Noir 'Annapolis Ridge Vineyard' Sonoma Coast 750 ml


Current stock: 5


Annapolis is located in the Sonoma Coast and planted on a 30 degree slope in Goldridge fine sand loam soil
The ranch is extremely isolated and requires a lot of handwork to farm
Blocks 10, 14, and 12 farmed for l’usine
Clones 777, 115 and 828
De-clumping and green passes in each block
All hand-harvested
Less than 2 tons per acre


100% Destemmed
4-5 Day Cold Soak
All picks and lots kept separate
14-18 Days on the skins
Punched down 3-4x a day depending on each lot
Gravity racked to barrel and sat on the lees; no stirring
Aged 9 months in French oak, 70% new
Predominantly Ermitage and Alain Fouquet
Not fined; lightly filtered


Clearly the darkest of the three wines, the 2018 Annapolis Ridge Vineyard shows a dark garnet core with a neon cardinal rim. Aromatically, the wine offers notes of clove, cola and sweet black cherry. On the palate, prominent acidity takes over and assists by throwing wild blueberry, olallieberry and freshly picked tarragon across the tongue. The finish is framed by an intriguing texture of soft velvet and dust paired with crisp acidity indicative of its aging potential.