2019 Radio-Coteau Belay bottle shot

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. In 2019, the moderate yet consistently warm weather invited a 40% whole cluster inclusion, further enhancing the structure and aromatics of this carefully selected clonal patchwork of Estate Pinot.

Tasting Notes

The 2019 Belay is a distinguished juxtaposition of fruit and herbs. Notes of fresh cranberry and bright raspberry effortlessly intermingle with lifted perfumes of dried lavender and star anise to create a refined complexity. Focused acidity and a sophisticated sous bois character speak to its Sonoma Coast origins, while regal whispers of vanilla and cacao nib further entice. Moderate tannins precede the lasting, layered finish of this harmonious and noble expression befitting the Estate.

Cellar Notes

  • Grower:
    Radio-Coteau
  • Appellation:
    Sonoma Coast
  • Geographic Location:
    Occidental
  • Varietal:
    Pinot Noir
  • Selection:
    Burgundian Heirloom, 115, Calera
  • Vineyard Age:
    Planted in 2014
  • Soil Type:
    Goldridge
  • Harvest Date:
    September 11th & 13th
  • Unfined
    & Unfiltered

Wine Reviews

January 2021

“The 2019 Pinot Noir Estate Belay shows the mid-weight structure of the year. Floral and savory notes lead into a core of sweet red cherry fruit. The 2019 should drink well with minimal cellaring…”

–Antonio Galloni
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