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The B Side Pinot Noir offers lifted aromas of fresh black cherry, rose petal, and brewed black tea. The nose rings true on the palate with layers of cherry and briar patch fruit, Portabella mushroom, soy, and pomegranate ﬂavors. The wine is a bigger style of Pinot Noir with broad, upfront fruit and beautiful coastal climate inﬂuences with characteristics of forest ﬂoor, spice, and complex gamey notes. With bright acidity that heightens the texture and overall length, this wine is incredibly food-friendly. The wine is aged exclusively in French oak for 12 months with 40% of the blend in new barrels (Dargaud et Jaegle & Remond Allier) while the remaining portion of the blend is in seasoned, one to two-year-old barrels, which provide an outstanding framework for the high-quality fruit in the ﬁnal blend.
The Pinot Noir fruit for this wine is grown in some of the ﬁnest regions within the diverse North Coast appellation. The Beckstoffer Vineyard in the Carneros Napa region was tapped for 43% of the fruit going into the blend. This incredibly sought-after Pinot Noir develops big, concentrated fruit ﬂavors and is some of the ﬁrst fruit to come in at harvest. An additional 30% of the blend comes from Oak Meadows Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. This really adds a lot of complex earthy notes from a known, cooler region. Another 16% of the blend comes from the Pauli Ranch in southern Mendocino County which lends pretty ﬂoral aromas and really softens the overall wine. And the remaining 11% of Pinot Noir for the blend is also pulled from the highly respected Sangiacomo Vineyard located in the Petaluma Gap AVA. This fruit, from the hillside Fredricks block of the vineyard, is clone 115 and is known for expressive aromatics and ﬁne tannins that are lush and round.
The North Coast region enjoyed a beautiful growing season with mild temperatures and easy conditions from bud break to harvest. The harvest yields are what was expected and the high-quality and dense ﬂavor development is excellent for vintage 2018 wines.
Our roots trace back to an authentic place. B Side wines are rare, unconventional and often lesser known. We follow a rhythm no one else can hear separating our wines from others with smooth, soulful palettes and perfectly tuned notes. B Side is a complex wine, made simply. For those who know the difference.