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 fermented 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.

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay;
Production: 525 cases;
Alc: 14.1%;
TA: 5.9 g/l;
pH: 3.62

Reviews:

The light green/gold-colored 2012 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast exhibits beautiful aromas of white citrus, peach and other stone fruits and a hint of wood, followed by a wine with medium body, wonderful purity and length. It is a lovely, restrained but authoritative Chardonnay to drink over the next 3-4 years. 2012 Vintage. ~ 90, Wine Advocate December 2013

The 2013 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast possesses white peach, apple butter, quince and white flower characteristics, medium body, striking concentration, and overall equilibrium. Enjoy this beauty over the next 3-4 years. 2013 Vintage. ~ 91, Wine Advocate December 2014

Price: Fl $360, 2cs $336, 5cs $320
 
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;
TA: 6 g/l;
pH: 3.62

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
 
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The 2012 vintage of our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir showcases a number of exceptional coastal vineyards. These vineyards span the whole breadth of Sonoma County, from the southern Petaluma Gap to northern Annapolis. Pinot noir from Sangiacomo and Rodgers Creek vineyards provide familiar lush textures and concentrated flavors. Campbell Ranch adds highlighted fruit characters. Riddle and Wohler vineyards add big ripe berry fruits and richness to this complex Pinot noir.
The 2012 vintage shows bright aromas of crushed berries and dark cherries with notes of earth and forest floor, leading to lush textures and a long finish. A respected wine critic said it best "...a testament to the fact that an appellation blend in the hands of the right winemaker can be as good or better than a vineyard designate.

Reviews:

2013 wine Advocate 95 Points
95 points – Pinot Report
90 points – John Gilman, View From The Cellar

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