2018 Kashaya Pinot Noir

Our 10th vintage of this bottling is our favorite and shows the strength of the marvelous vintage. 2018 is going to be a showstopper. Everything came together perfectly to provide maximum enjoyment, complexity and transparency in this Pinot Noir. The wine shows ultra-fresh aromatics of pomegranate, Rainier cherry, strawberry rhubarb pie, forest floor and root beer spice. In the mouth, the wine cuts a wide swath but is light on its feet, as all great Fort Ross wines are. The finesse inherent in the aromatics is carried through on the palate, with a lithe texture and a layered profile, but above all - elegance and balance. The whole cluster notes emerge to add power and then length on the beautiful, savory finish. 352 cases from 14 barrels. 

  • 100% Pinot Noir
  • Dijon Clones 115 and Old Wente
  • From the West Sonoma Coast, Fort Ross-Seaview
  • Goldridge soils
  • 33% whole cluster fermentation
  • Native yeast fermentation
  • Unracked, on lees for 11 months
  • Aged in 30% new French oak
  • Unfiltered
  • 352 cases produced from 14 barrels

Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2018 Pinot Noir Kashaya explodes from the glass with floral and savory notes—red roses, wild thyme, Darjeeling tea and wild mushrooms—over a core of pomegranate, cranberries and rhubarb scents. The palate is medium-bodied and very finely constructed with soft, elegant tannins and a refreshing line, finishing on a lingering earthy note.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The Wine Advocate
November 5, 2020
Pretty wild strawberry, dried flowers, rose, and subtle stemmy notes emerge from the 2018 Pinot Noir Kashaya, which comes from a site just north of Hirsch Vineyard, in the Fort Ross-Seaview region of Sonoma. It’s medium-bodied, elegant, and seamless on the palate, with an already approachable style.
Jeb Dunnuck
January 2021