In our exploration of the North Coast wine region, we found the sandy loam soils of the Russian River AVA to offer the best Pinots with balanced, natural acidity and richness on the palate. Our 2018 Outerbound Pinot Noir opens with layered aromas of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and blackberry fruits on the nose, with flavors of vanilla bean and Herbes de Provence carried through the wine's sleek tannic finish.
VINEYARD DETAILS: Marcucci (55%): One of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the Russian River Valley, the Marcucci vineyard solely grows clone 115 on an eastern facing slope. The ranch is made up of two distinct blocks which yields around two tons per acre on the upper block, with the lower producing almost double the yield of its counterpart. The Pinot Noir fruit produced at Marcucci vineyard grow in small, concentrated clusters, packing a powerful punch with a unique structure and texture in the glass.
Hicks (45%): Situated on the western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, Hicks intriguing terrain is just a stone throw away from Mark West Creek. This postage stamp 1.75 acre cane pruned vineyard has a gentle slope to the northeast and experiences prevalent temperature shifts from a heavy maritime influence. This vineyard is harvested in the middle of night with grower Kris Hicks overseeing the pick himself.
"Brought up among the grapevines of California, we are a new era of winemakers, banding together and venturing out into new and uncharted territory. As the 6th generation of winegrowers in the Phillips family, we wanted to forge a new path in the rugged terrain of the North Coast wine region. It's true that the steep hillsides and cool valleys make for a vastly different terrain than our old stomping grounds of Lodi, but therein lies the appeal. We're united in our love of both wine and adventure, and we see the search for the best varietals and vineyards as our next challenge. We are the North Coast Wine Co., and we're excited to help you discover the many varied appellations of this incredible wine region."