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2012 Straight Line Wine Pinot Noir

2012 Straight Line Wine Pinot Noir

Library Offer - With a brilliant deep red hue, bright red fruits -- including stewed cranberries and sour cherries -- are shrouded in notes of moist earth, citrus zest and cracked black peppercorns. (Rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

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Predominantly sourced from Chileno Valley Vineyard, this is a classically-styled Pinot Noir with red fruits, ripe strawberry, spice, and earth aromas. On the palate, the core of fresh red berry flavors, cherry, cranberry, raspberry, and rhubarb is supported by a touch of fragrant oak. Light and fresh, this wine also boasts complex aromas of wood shavings and a floral sous bois note, which unfolds into high-toned red fruit. The long, focused finish conveys a sense of warm earth, and leaves the palate refreshed.


Situated on the southern border of the Petaluma Gap in Marin County, and bordering Sonoma County to the north, the climate of the Chileno Valley Vineyard is influenced by two bodies of water: the Pacific Ocean along Marin’s west coast, and the San Pablo Bay along its southern flank. While bud break often happens earlier in this area compared with other California grape growing regions, gentle salt-air breezes constantly sweep over Marin's verdant rolling hillsides to provide one of the longest growing seasons in the state. The soils of Chileno Valley Vineyard include patches of the Steinbeck soil series and eroded sandstone, offering a complex fruit profile and minerality.


The Pinot Noir was hand-harvested into half-ton picking bins and brought directly to the winery. Dry ice was feathered into the bins to prevent spoilage and oxidation. The bins were placed in cold storage for a 24-hour day of rest before being sorted by hand and processed. One quarter was fermented in whole clusters to achieve bright flavor and a complex taste profile. The grapes received a cold soak for seven days to extract maximum color from the skins, while the chill prevented the start of fermentation. The fruit was then removed from refrigeration, warming and activating the native yeasts. One gentle punch down per day minimized tannin extraction from the skins, and allowed the stems to provide the wine’s structure. The grapes were then pressed and the wine was gravity-fed into French oak barrels, 25% of which were new, and the remainder neutral. The wine received neither racking, nor fining, nor filtering.


Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyards Chileno Valley and John Sebastiano Vineyards
Production 139 cases
Optimal Maturity 2014 - 2022
Harvested Oct 6, 2012
Barrel Aging 11 Months, all French Oak: 40% new
Alcohol 13.7%
Acidity 6.5 g/L
Winemaker Jon Grant

Wine Specs

Vintage 2012
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Marin County
Wine Enthusiast 90