2020 Belay Pinot Noir bottle

Vineyard Profile

Planted on a ridge top above the town of Occidental, Belay is our Demeter certified Biodynamic® Estate Pinot Noir. Our goal is to nurture the fruit from grape to glass, which increasingly becomes a reality with each Estate planting. As we become more vertically integrated, we find winegrowing a monumental task akin to climbing a mountain, with the Belay serving as both an anchor and stepping stone on our journey of ascension. By mid-August of 2020, the Estate Pinot Noir was showing physiological maturity with clean berries and spicy, fully lignified stems. This guided our choice to ferment with 50% whole clusters, and the generous stem inclusion ultimately resulted in a stunning and layered standout Pinot Noir from the Estate.

Tasting Notes

A medium ruby color swells to a cranberry tinged rim, unfurling an engaging nose of freshly picked berries, woodsy humus, and lively spice. Hints of red cedar and star anise complement bright cherry and ripe strawberry notes. A vibrantly structured wine with fine grained tannins and refreshing acidity, the 2020 Belay Estate Pinot Noir will surely intrigue for years to come.

Cellar Notes

  • Grower:
  • Appellation:
    Sonoma Coast
  • Geographic Location:
  • Varietal:
    Pinot Noir
  • Selection:
    Mt. Eden, Calera
  • Vineyard Age:
    Planted in 2014
  • Soil Type:
  • Harvest Date:
    August 18th & 20th
  • Unfined
    & Unfiltered
  • Growing Season

Wine Reviews

August 2022 | 93 points

“The 2020 Pinot Noir Estate Belay is terrific. Deep and dark, the 2020 shows quite a bit of intensity for the year. Black cherry, lavender, cloves, leather and incense flesh out in a broad, ample Pinot. The 2020 is quite somber and introspective, but its balance is beyond reproach. It is, quite frankly, an impressive wine for the year.”

–Antonio Galloni
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