Vintage 2021 began with a warm spring and little rain. By the time midsummer was approaching it was clear that we were experiencing severe drought conditions, leading to fewer grape clusters on the vine. This resulted in lower yields with small berries that were packed with intense, lush flavor. Early ripening, sunny summer heat, and a lack of water were balanced out by a very welcomed cool fall season. The more temperate fall weather created the perfect conditions for our fruit to continue ripening steadily and allowed us to harvest at the optimal moment. Vintage 2021 will continue to be celebrated for its dense fruit, bold structure, and unforgettable complexity.
"The Mardikian Vineyard is located in the far reaches of the West Sonoma Coast, about 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. A maritime blanket of fog begins to fade around noon each day, allowing for extended hang time and added complexity to the wine. This vintage offers aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry, and a touch of warm baking spice influenced by barrel aging. The silky-smooth entry has a flavor profile that complements the aromas and includes soft, supple tannins that enhance a long finish.”
- Stephanie Pope, Winemaker
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
"Pinot Noir is a classic partner with Sonoma duck breast or Sonoma’s famed CK Lamb. Mushroom risotto pairs wonderfully. Soft Brie, Camembert, Gruyere and goat cheeses are my go to selections."
– Chad Hendrickson, Executive Chef