2014 PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COUNTY
La Reine, or the Queen, is an ode to my wife Barb. Over the past dozen years of my wine journey she has steadfastly supported my efforts. Whether it has been an internship in France, or the three-month and seven day workweeks of harvest, or long sales trips on the opposite coast, she has always been the strength of our family. Shane Wines would not exist without her.
A classic interpretation of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and a contrast to the Charm (our Russian River Valley cuvée) La Reine hails from the frigid Petaluma Gap sub-section of the Sonoma Coast appellation. One parcel is near the crest of the western hills of the Petaluma Gap and the other is on the base of the hills. Both fruit sources have the fractured adobe clay soils and are exposed to heavy winds and fog.
The locations allow for slow and mature ripening. Yields are kept low and the small berry clusters are meticulously sculpted. La Reine is
a blend of multiple clones: 828, 777, and 115. Clone 828 provides savory elements as well as a firm tannic structure. Clones 777 and 115 impart dark berry flavors and mid-palate definition.
Aged in twenty-five percent new French oak for fourteen months, with ten percent whole cluster inclusion, La Reine is a dark fruit and spicy Pinot Noir with a firm backbone and amble acidity. 255 cases produced.
A dark garnet color in the glass, the 2014 La Reine exudes classic Sonoma Coast characteristics of spice and dark fruits. Subtle blueberries, pluot, and allspice highlight its heady aromatics. Supple tannins and notes of elderberry, baking spices, and green tea support the wine’s core. The lingering finish unfurls with hints of sandalwood, ripe cherry, cola and toffee.