Cline, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir, 2015
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About Cline from there website
We use over 1500 sheep and 500 goats to remove harmful weeds from our vineyards. Goats aren’t as picky about what they eat unlike sheep, goats will eat the leaves and berries from the vines, while sheep tend to stick to the ground cover. Our sheep and goats are brought out in February to March to clean the vine rows. Sheep alone are used in the summer months (July-September) to help leaf our vines so sunlight can ripen the fruit and to clean up the summer weeds on the land's surface. The animals are put out together once more in November to clean up any residues after harvest.
Cover crop is grown to feed the soil. We use a wide mix of different plants, some grow quickly while others take more time to produce organic material that is then folded back into the soil or is fed to our sheep. These systems are designed to stimulate the soil life, the life in which our vines are rooted in.
Compost & Compost Tea
Annually we compost and renew all of the the digestible organic waste and materials from our winery: 3000 tons of grape pomace, the prunings from our trees and vines, and much of our paper goods. We turn this "waste stream" into biological stimulant and food for our soils.
Some of this rough compost is further digested with the aid of worms and is biologically proliferated in a forced arobic tea brewer. This tea is introduced to vineyards through the irrigation system and carries the broad spectrum indigenous matter to our vine's soils.
Pests come in all forms- but none are really truly pests, they are all indicators of the health of an ecosystem. The night owl and the day hawk are the predator of the gopher and mice and these predators maintain ecological control, just as the spiders swarm up on the grasses to the canopy of the vines feeding upon mites and leafhoppers.
The vine as all other organisms has a complete immunological system, if its nutrition is in balance it will not be sick, and it will not get bugs. We rely on nature to control our pests with no use of harmful pesticides.
Our one weakness which we have yet succeeded in understanding is powdery mildew, this we manage with bi-weekly applications of naturally mined organic sulfur free of contaminates at roughly 7 pounds per acre.
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Cline went solar in 2005 to provide 100% of our annual electricity needs. The winery’s roof is roughly 50,000 square feet and supports approximately 2,000 solar panels, which improved air quality by reducing 690,000 lbs. of noxious greenhouse gases per year.
Our Sonoma Coast Vineyards are approximately 4 and 8 miles west of the winery. Our Lazy C Vineyard is in an area called "The Petaluma Gap" and those vines see cooling coastal wind through much of the growing season. Our Lazy P and M ranches are a few miles further north and the vines occupy a number of different facings. The vines are often shrouded in fog which makes for a long cool growing season and maximum flavors. Both of these areas are known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir grapes and wine.
Grapes were hand-harvested, pressed and barreled for 8 months in 40% new medium plus toasted French oak for subtle vanilla and toffee notes.
The deep red velvet color and notes of cedar, spearmint, lilacs and dark chocolate make this an elegant and complex wine.
This is an excellent choice to pair with oregano-rubbed leg of lamb, braised pork shank, or blackened sea bass.