On the Sonoma Coast, near Cazadero, on the Western hillside of the second ridge from the Pacific Ocean, Coteaux Nobles vineyard enjoys both maritime influence and mountain climate.

At the heart of the vineyards, where the Goldridge soil is very shallow, the vines struggle to grow. They produce small bunches with tiny berries.
Propietary Name Joli Cœur
Name Meaning Great heart of the vineyard
Pinot Noir, the Charming Character
Varietal composition Pinot Noir (100%)
Type of wine Vineyard designated
Appellation Fort Ross-Seaview
Vineyard singularity On the 2nd ridge off
Pacific Ocean
1,100 feet of elevation
Goldridge sedimentary soil
Typical harvest date October
Picking Manual, small lugs, refer truck
Sorting Cluster by cluster, berry per berry
Fermentation Through native yeast
Punch downs
Puncheons only
Upbringing 14 months
French oak from artisan coopers
Bottling Unfiltered
Cellaring time 10+ years
Serving Slightly below room temperature
No decanting

Winemaker notes:

Made from the very best section, the heart, of the excellent ‘Coteaux Nobles’ vineyard located on the Sonoma Coast, this unique wine is also named after the typical seductive character of the Pinot Noir grape. Handcrafted by using classical Burgundian winemaking techniques, it is the ‘Charming Character’ or ‘Joli Cœur.’

Intense red and black cherry and raspberry coulis flavors with earthy notes (graphite), rich and concentrated with a lingering finish. Will age gracefully for decades.