St. Francis Winery & Vineyards source their Pinot Noir fruit from the cooler areas of Sonoma County where fog from the Pacific Ocean rolls in at night during the summer, dropping temperatures substantially. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop deep flavors while retaining natural acidity. To capture the distinct varietal characteristics of each vineyard, the lots are fermented separately starting with a five to ten day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. After a long, slow fermentation the wine is racked off into French Oak barrels, 25% new, where it undergoes natural malolactic fermentation followed by aging for ten months before blending and bottling.

96 Points
Sunset International Wine Competition
2019 vintage
93 Points
Tasting Panel
2018 vintage
Tasting Note

This is a juicy, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with hints of cherry cola, raspberry and clove aromas followed by bright, crisp flavors of pomegranate, Queen Anne cherry and a touch of licorice.

Food Pairing

Pairs well with salmon, roast chicken, grilled vegetables and light pasta dishes.

Technical Data
Appellation: Sonoma County
Unique Selling Points
  • Fruit sourced from the cooler areas of Sonoma County to allow the grapes to develop deep flavors while retaining natural acidity
  • Grapes start with a 5-10 day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor
  • Malolactic fermentation occurs in French oak barrels, 25% new, and aged for 10 months
  • 100% Pinot Noir from the cooler areas of Sonoma County

About the Grape

Pinot Noir
In France, makes a silky, deceptively powerful wine of elegant, complex aromas and subtle, red fruit flavors, with earthy, floral, mushroom and mineral notes. In California, shows ripe, sweet characters.
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