2014 Gloria Estate Pinot Noir

The 2014 Gloria Estate Pinot Noir is the third vintage of our first-ever estate bottled wine, made from grapes grown on the hillside vineyard directly adjacent to our winery. Gloria is the name of the hurricane that first brought Ken and Akiko Freeman together in 1985. Ken was working on a sailboat, headed south in the Atlantic, when the hurricane forced them to spend the night in port. Once ashore, he joined his friends at a party, where it was clear that Akiko was the best-dressed and most beautiful woman present. Nature took its course. By happy coincidence, the local resident who sold Ken and Akiko several acres adjacent to their property was also named Gloria. Part of the vineyard is planted in what was once Gloria’s old apple orchard.

In 2008 we planted Gloria’s eight acres to the heritage clones Swan, Calera, Martini and Pommard, plus Dijon Clone 115. Akiko Freeman now makes all the decisions at Gloria, working closely with our assistant winemaker, Gavin Sharrocks, and vineyard manager, Arturo Robledo. It is not an easy site to farm, given its very steep hillsides and different exposures, from hilltop to bottom.

2014 proved challenging, as we entered the third year of a historic drought. The vines got off to a very early start in the warm, dry weather of January and February. They slowed down a little with welcome March rains and cool April weather; but then, as May through August stayed sunny and warm, we harvested fully matured Pinot Noir earlier than ever before.

The 2014 Gloria is very similar in weight and ripeness to the 2012, but you can tell the vineyard is maturing by the more complex flavors in the latest vintage. The color is very dark for a Pinot Noir, and, the nose is a combination of plum, lavender and toast. The large-framed palate is beautifully balanced, with ripe berries, smooth tannin, and a lingering acidity.

Enjoy this from late 2016 through 2025.

Specs

Vineyards
  • 100% Gloria Estate, Russian River Valley
Clones
  • 33% Calera
  • 33% Swan
  • 14% Dijon 115
  • 12% Pommard
  • 8% Martini
Fermentation
Five day cold soak in open top fermenters, hand punched down one to three times per day, free run sent directly to barrel, press wine settled and barreled separately
Barrel Aging
11 months in French oak
  • 38% new
  • 24% one year-old
  • 19% two year -old
  • 19% three year-old
Bottling
July, 2015
Production
  • 750 ml: 350 cases
  • 1.5 L: 18 cases

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