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Cattleya Pinot Noir Belly of the Whale Sonoma Coast 2018  - First Bottle


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Coming from the Sun Chase Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast (Petaluma Gap region), the 2018 Pinot Noir Belly of the Whale release was 90% destemmed and spent 15 months in 35% new French oak. It’s a slightly darker, more Burgundian style of Pinot Noir with gorgeous notes of black cherries, scorched earth, violets, forest floor, and chocolaty spice all emerging from the glass. It shows a cool-climate style on the palate with medium-bodied richness, perfect balance between its fruit, tannins, and acidity, no hard edges, and a great finish. It delivers everything you could want from a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

Technical Details

  • BlendPinot Noir
  • WinemakerBibiana Gonzalez Rave
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationPetaluma Gap
  • VineyardSun Chase Vineyard
  • Aging/Cooperage15 months in 35% new French oak
  • Production250 Cases cases

Cattleya Pinot Noir Belly of the Whale Sonoma Coast 2018

Pinot Noir  |  US
JD97, WE94, WA93, JS92

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About the Producer

Bibiana Gonzalez Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007. She had always dreamt of making wine since she was a teenager. She trained herself while working with some amazing winemakers who showed her the importance of loving the land, how to respect the farming, and to focus on the many details that go into making each bottle. Making the highly acclaimed wines of Pahlmeyer and Wayfarer over the last several years inspired her to go out on her own and the results are extraordinary. You heard it here folks, this is a producer you want to know!