Overview

This elegant wine is a study in balance and complexity. 30% whole clusters were included in small stainless steel fermenters, with each vineyard block being fermented separately. Ruby red color with exotic aromas of lilac, rose petals, Asian spice, and soil. Red and blue fruits dominate the flavors, joined by mandarin orange notes on the slightly chalky finish. The Wiley Vineyard bottling is accessible today, yet it will age gracefully.

Facts & Figures

  • Vintage2018
  • Varietal composition100% Pinot Noir
  • AppellationAnderson Valley
  • Harvest DatesSeptember 27 & 30, 2018
  • Release DatesFebruary 1, 2020
  • Alcohol/PH/TA13.1% / 3.4 / 6.1g/L
  • CooperagesDamy, Francois Freres, Kadar, Rousseau, and Taransaud
  • Cases Produced449 6/750 mL

Download Notes

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Critical Acclaim

“Just nine miles from the ocean at an elevation of 152m and planted from 1972 on Franciscan sandstone. Native ferment in small fermenters and then gravity-fed to French and Hungarian barriques and 500-litre puncheons, 25% new. Derek Rohlffs both farms the vines and makes the wine. 250 cases. Some forest floor and citrus peel on the nose. Intriguing! Lovely freshness and delicacy with a hint of something floral – possibly lavender. Very pretty indeed. It’s fairly light so would need careful food matching. Salmon? Very slight sweet impression on the finish. Drink 2020–2025.” Score: 16.5/20

— Jancis Robinson

“The Wiley Vineyard is closer to the ocean than Signal Ridge and is even a bit cooler as a result, so the 2018 pinot noir here from Bravium comes in at a very refined 13.1 percent octane this year. The nose is more transparent than the Signal Ridge out of the blocks, offering up a beautiful bouquet of strawberries, cherries, beetroot, fresh thyme, a touch of orange zest, cloves, gentle smokiness and a gorgeous base of soil elements. On the palate the wine is bright, full- bodied, soil-driven and tangy, with a nice touch of youthful Mendocino weediness on the backend, suave tannins and outstanding focus and grip on the very long, balanced and complex finish. This will drink a few years ahead of the Signal Ridge bottling, but last every bit as long. First class juice! 2026-2055+.” Score: 93 Points

— John Gilman, View From the Cellar

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