"Brilliant ruby with a dark robe. Pretty nose of Santa Rosa plum, cranberry, and red cherries all encased in seductive spices. The exotic aromas are clove, cinnamon, cardamom and dried mushroom. Silky palate that has more weight than the 2012 ... but with fine, seductive tannins. All of the hallmarks of the superb 2013 vintage are on display as the wine has power without being heavy, glorious aromatics, and sublime textures. A long mouthwatering finish that mirrors the nose, while adding on a dusty minerality completes the package." - Paul Roberts, Master Sommelier
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"All of the hallmarks of the superb 2013 vintage are on display." - Paul Roberts, Master Sommelier
Every wine has a story and we believe that WHOA Farm Pinot Noir has a particularly good one. Its true to type, finely crafted expression of Sonoma's viticultural wonder speaks for itself. That the wine also speaks up for hungry and deserving parts of the community, well, perhaps that makes the wine have even greater depth and meaning. In fact, as it helps to carry the Farm's communitarian, agricultural education efforts forward, the narrative possibilities seem appropriately boundless. Thank you for your support. ~ Eddie and Wendy
CRANE VINEYARD The 5 acre Crane Vineyard, nestled between our two agricultural sites on Petaluma Hill Road, has a long history in agriculture as an apple and prune orchard from 1850 to 1950 before shifting to hay and grain thereafter.
The vineyard was planted to vines beginning in 2005 and now includes three familiar high quality clonal selections (115, 667 and 777) and a rare one of Italian origin (VCR 18). Advanced Viticulture guides the farming practices.
The combination of cool Sonoma Coast weather patterns, sandy loamy soil over a layer of clay, and a dry farming regimen do much to create the complex and concentrated red fruit flavors that are captured in the wine.
The ample expertise from Advanced Viticulture that guided the farming practices was wonderfully matched by the oversight that our winemaker Guy Davis (of the celebrated Davis Family Vineyards) brought to the grapes once they reached his cellar. The optimally ripe fruit, with the kind of acid retention that our long growing season makes possible, led Guy towards a very gentle extraction approach, using native yeast fermentation and a French oak aging strategy of 1/3 each new, one year and two year old barrels. After twelve months of flavor development in barrel, the wine was given an additional year to knit and evolve in bottle.
2013 VINTAGE A winning reflection of both pedigree and patience, our 2013 Pinot Noir is a benchmark of both the vineyard and the vintage. After a winter-long drought, Mother Nature drenched the hills of the Sonoma Coast with over 20 days of rain in March. When the vines woke to both a saturation of soil and abundant sunshine, they came out of the gate running! These unique conditions allowed us to continue our practice of dry farming despite the drought, providing a natural balance of quality and quantity. Once in the winery, the native yeast fermentation took the expression of place one step further, and using only the free run wine in our final blend, completes the finishing stretch with rich, silky tannins.
Work Horse Organic Agriculture (WHOA) Farm, started by Wendy Mardigian and Eddie Gelsman in 2010, supplies sustainably grown organic food at no cost to the people most in need in our community of Sonoma County, CA. 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of WHOA Farm Pinot Noir will help us continue to supply thousands of pounds of "The Best Food Money Can't Buy" each year to thousands of families under the poverty line.
WHOA Farm, LLC (A licensed wine seller formed in 2013 for the purpose of benefitting Work Horse Organic Agriculture, Inc.)