E16 Winery selects pinot noir and chardonnay from California vineyards graced with the optimum confluence of soil, climate and human curation. The E16 winemaking team partners with grape growers who share a commitment to sustainable viticulture and a devotion to the fruit’s inherent varietal expression. This camaraderie is woven with a passion for excellence and respect for the fundamentals of thoughtful farming to produce noble wines having a true sense of place.
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2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Winemaking & Vineyard Details
Nose: black cherry, tobacco, clove, star jasmin, smoke
Mouth: cherry, dried cranberry, vanilla, toasted oak, rounded tannins, balanced acidity, mouth-coating sensations
The 1880 designation acknowledges the year grapevines were first planted in the village of Trenton. The town center and general store are long gone, but Trenton is very much alive within the hearts and minds of the local community and grape growers along the Russian River.
Also called “Trenton Station,” the picturesque area is situated at the northern end of Laguna Ridge and about eight miles east of where the river empties into the cold Pacific Ocean. Morning and afternoon fog are frequent visitors in a climate dominated by the cooling properties of the ocean and river, ensuring the development of beneficial grape acidity.
The signature Goldridge soils — dark yellow, fine sandy-loams over fractured sandstone — control vine vigor so that photosynthesis is directed at grape development versus excessive shoot growth.
Martaella Vineyards were developed in 2007 with 42 acres of pinot noir clones Dijon and 828 in a high-density planting. The mix of location and cultural practices strikes an optimum balance of aroma, flavor and structure.