Sojourn Cellars

Based in the town of Sonoma, Sojourn Cellars is a highly acclaimed winery specializing in the production of artisan Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Sojourn sources fruit from celebrated vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa Counties, and help direct farming operations to assure that their grapes are produced using world-class growing techniques. They consistently produce remarkable wines with a hands-off natural winemaking style that showcases the character and personality of the individual vineyards.

Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley started Sojourn in 2001. Eric had been an Assistant Winemaker at Arrowood Winery and joined Sojourn as its head winemaker. Craig oversees the marketing and operations for the winery. Their focus is to work with growers who share their commitment to low crop yields and high quality, the fruit is sorted extensively in the field throughout the growing season as well as in the winery post-harvest to ensure that only the most sound, perfectly ripe fruit makes its way into their fermentation tanks. In the cellar, they are zealous proponents of minimalist winemaking. All Sojourn wines are naturaly fermented and barrel-aged in small lots, and attended to when necessary by hand from the vineyard to the bottle.

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a blend of unique lots from three distinct Sonoma Coast vineyard sites. Chardonnay Clones 76 and Robert Young from Rodgers Creek Vineyard form a foundation of stone fruit, crisp acid and minerality. Old Wente and Clone 95 from Sangiacomo Vineyards add richness and bright fruit, while Old Wente clone from Campbell Ranch Vineyard along the northern Sonoma Coast near Annapolis adds tropical notes. Each lot was pressed whole cluster and fermented with natural yeast in French oak barrels with 30% new oak. Lees were stirred regularly during the first 3 months of fermentation and aging. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to proceed naturally in barrel. After 11 months of ageing each lot was blended together to create a winemakers cuvee, and bottled unfined at 14.1 % Alc.  Production: 600 cases.

Reviews:

WA 90 Points, WE 90 Points, PinotFile 90 Points

Price: Fl $360, 2cs $336
 
Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay

The Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay is a combination of Old Wente clone from the Sangiacomo Vella Ranch and clone 95 from the same Sangiacomo Roberts Road vineyard known for the highly-rated Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot noirs. These vineyards are both located within the Sonoma Coast AVA and are perfectly suited for growing Chardonnay, with cool climates and well-draining soils. The Old Wente Clone selection of Chardonnay at Vella Ranch was planted in 1997 and is known to produce distinctively small clusters, low yields, and result in elegant complex wines. Clone 95 from Roberts Road, planted in 1998, adds minerality and a pointed vibrancy. The grapes were harvested at night and delivered early in the morning to the winery where they were whole-cluster pressed and barreled down separately into French oak barrels to ferment slowly in a cool, temperature-controlled room. Varietal: 100% Chardonnay; Production: 300 cases.

Reviews:

With the most expressive bouquet of this trio, the 2012 Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard offers up aromas of Mandarin oranges, poached pears and a subtle note of toast, along with a full-bodied mouthfeel. This superb, pure, complex Chardonnay should drink nicely for 4-5 years. ~ 91, Robert Parker Dec 2013; 2013 Vintage ~ 90, Robert Parker Dec 2014

Price: Fl $400, 2cs $384, 5cs $368
 
Durell Vinyard Chardonnay

Durell Vineyard has been the source behind some of the most sought-after Chardonnay wines, and we feel fortunate to work with two outstanding vineyard blocks that combine to make something special. Our 100% Old Wente clone Chardonnay was harvested at night and pressed whole cluster to extract only the highest quality juice. 100% old wente clone, fermented with native yeast in french oak, 100% malolactic, bottled unfined. Production 450 cases. 

Reviews:

Wine Advocate 93 Points, PinotFile 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast 91 Points

Price: $400 net 12/750ml
 
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

In 2015 we blended several unique lots produced from Gap's Crown, Sangiacomo, and Rodgers Creek vineyards, as well a a new vineyard, Dorothy Cameron, that has added additional complexity and depth to the blend. The 100% Pinot Noir, fermented in open top fermenters using native yeast, 50% new french oak, aged in French Oak 50% new, bottled unfined and unfiltered at 14.4% Alc. 2275 cases produced.

Reviews:

91 points – James Suckling
90 points – Wine Spectator
90 points – Wine Enthusiast
90 points – PinotFile

Price: Fl $360, 2cs $336, 5cs $320
 
Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir

2012 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot noir exhibits the lush creamy textures and dark red fruit flavors that fans have enjoyed in previous vintages. The warm 2012 growing season resulted in complex flavor development at optimal tannin levels. We blended a small percentage of Swan clone to our traditional blend of clones 115 and 777. The resulting wine is nicely balanced with seductive aromas of dark cherry, black tea, and earthy forest floor. Textures are creamy and silky with an extra level of elegance and finesse.
The 2012 Pinot noir growing season was defined by good yields and ideal weather. Fantastic farming by the Sangiacomo Family ensured that our crop was in the best possible condition on pick day, resulting in a concentrated and luxurious wine.

Reviews:

96 points – Pinot Report
92 points – John Gilman, View From The Cellar

Price: Fl $480, 3cs $440
 
Rodgers Creek Pinot Noir

Rodgers Creek Vineyard is well-suited for Pinot Noir, sitting high on a ridge in the heart of the Petaluma Gap and taking the full brunt of wind and thick fog that defines this cool climate zone. Sojourn's blocks within the vineyard are western-facing with broad sun exposure. In the warm 2012 vintage, this exposure to the elements was a key factor in allowing the grapes to hang and achieve complex flavors and ripe tannins. The resulting wine is a fabulous expression of the vineyard site and unique soils. It is a showy wine - very expressive and forward, with smooth textures and a lingering finish. Familiar aromas of mushroom and soy overlay layers of red fruit flavors, earth and hints of rosemary.
The Rodgers Creek vines are grown in light, chalky volcanic ash soils on steep inclines, causing natural vine stress and resulting in high levels of concentration. Two blocks of Pommard Pinot noir clone form the foundation of this wine, with clone 777 adding bright fruit and silky textures. In 2012, 15% of the grapes were whole-cluster fermented, adding aromatic complexity and vivaciousness.

Reviews:

2013 Wine Advocate 95 Points
2012 Wine Advocate 92 Points
94 points – Pinot Report
93 points – John Gilman, View From The Cellar

Price: Fl $440, 3cs $400
 
Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

Gap’s Crown is situated on Roberts Road just above the Sangiacomo Vineyard. This is a high-end, hillside vineyard that is gaining acclaim. In 2013, our fruit came from three distinct blocks within this vineyard. The 828 block was planted in 2002 on 110R rootstock at 800 feet elevation. The 115 block was planted in 2005 on 3309 rootstock at 1200 feet in extremely rocky soil. Both of these blocks have pure western exposure and benefit from the cool micro-climate of this site, as well as the natural stress created by the severity of the terrain in which our two blocks are located. The 667 block has a northwest exposure and produces very small berries with dark purple coloring and loads of structure. The 2013 growing season began early with a warm and dry spring, and the weather stayed beautiful through harvest with a moderate heat wave in early September moving the grapes to optimal ripeness. We picked all of our Pinot noir in September for the first time. Dry weather in both winter and spring resulted in smaller berry sizes with robust tannins, detailed aromatics and high concentration levels. Gap's Crown vineyard delivers strong phenolics each vintage, with dark velvety colors, ample tannins, and great acidity. In 2013, the Gap’s Crown grape skins were thick and ripe. The resulting wine is well structured, layered, and built to age well. Clones 667 and 115 formed the base of the blend. A portion of clone 828 was fermented with stems and blended in,
for an overall rate of 10% whole-cluster.

Varietal: 100% Pinot noir;
Open-top fermentation;
Native yeast;
50% new French oak;
Bottled unfined and unfiltered in September 2014; Alc: 14.6%; pH: 3.58; TA: 6.0 g/l; 1,025 cases produced

Reviews:

From a hillside vineyard situated in the cool Petaluma Gap planted with DIjon clones 115, 828 and 667, the
stunning 2013 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard reveals notes of forest floor, baking spices, blue and red fruits, a
beautiful, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, velvety tannins and a stunningly complex texture as well as length. It stood out as one of the finest Pinot Noirs I tasted on this trip. The natural alcohol came in at 14.6%, and the color is a healthy dark ruby. ~ 95, Robert Parker, Dec 2014

Price: Fl $520, 3cs $480
 
Russian River Pinot Noir

The 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of three vineyards, Wohler, Riddle, and Reuling. 100% Pinot Noir, 5 day cold soaked, native yeast fermentation in open top fermenters, aged in french oak 50% new for 11 months, bottled unfined and unfiltered. 500 cases made

Reviews:

94 points – Wine Enthusiast, 92 points – Pinot Report, 94 Points Editors Choice Wine Enthusiast July 2015

Price: $360 net 12/750ml