- Producer: Soliste - read about the Estate
- Vigneron: Claude Koeberle
- Region (AVA): Sebastopol, Sonoma (Sonoma Coast)
- Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
- Vintage production: 147 cases
- Winery location: Santa Rosa, Sonoma
- Owners: Claude Koeberle & Don Plumley
- First vintage: 2013
- Drinking window: 2018-2023+
About The Wine:
Renaissance comes from an artisan Pinot Noir vineyard located in the Sonoma Coast appellation near Sebastopol. The site has a northwestern exposure and a gentle slope with excellent drainage for the Goldridge sandy loam soil. Approximately 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean, nightly fog is the trademark of this meticulously tended and sustainably farmed vineyard.
The 2013 growing season was ideal in many respects. Moderate rainfall followed by warmer and drier early spring prompted early bud break. Late spring rains encouraged growth and nice weather during bloom allowed for a good set. The warm early summer followed by cooler than normal temperatures slowed ripening to fully develop exceptional flavors and color. The grapes were hand-picked at midnight with rigorous field selection and winery hand sorting. 50% were reserved for whole cluster fermentation, the balance was gently destemmed. Following a brief cold soak, smooth fermentation of small lots with ritual manual punch downs was complete before barreling and aging. The wine spent 16 months in French oak, 25% new.
Beginning with the 2009 vintage Don and Claude made the decision to return to the roots of Burgundy and the craftsmanship of the Cistercian monks of Vougeot to focus on single clones from single vineyards and matured in single cooperage. The limited production MonoClone Pinot Noirs reflect their commitment to harness the purity and complexity of one clone from one vineyard. The Dijon 777 clone is used for the Renaissance Pinot Noir.
Soliste Renaissance Pinot Noir 2013
"Sourced from a special few rows of Sonatera Vineyard. Dijon 777. 50% whole cluster. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Deep aromas of fresh black cherry reduction sauce, sous-bois, and dark red rose petals. An “Oh Man!” nose. The mid weight flavors of cherry and raspberry combined with more subtle floral and spice notes tug at your taste buds. Silky in the mouth, with soft, fine-grain tannins and a bombastic cherry-fueled finish. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the nose almost brought me to my knees. Harmony personified."
95 points, William Gaffney (Prince of Pinot, Oct. 2016)
"Darker and more intense than the Nouveua Monde, there's a touch of dried porcini mushroom and velety berries, lots and lots of layers. Côte des Nuits to the Nouveau Monde's Côte de Beaune. More open on the palate with a gorgeous texture, super-mineral finish with a dark apple skin texture to the tannins. Great acidity leads to a lush savoury finish. Energetic and refined."
Four Corners Wine (Jan. 2018)