The Pinot Series Presents Sojourn Cellars

5/1/2009

Ex-computer software salesman Craig Haserot decided to move to Sonoma County after the infamous dot-com crash of 2000, hoping to pursue a new career path while escaping the cold weather of San Francisco. Haserot began playing tennis and formed a friendship with doubles partner, Erich Bradley, who was then the winemaker at Arrowood Winery and Audellsa. It was the beginning of a wonderfully successful friendship and business partnership built on a passion for Pinot Noir. They began producing Pinots in 2004. The choice of grape and excellent timing (the movie "Sideways" was released) paid off. The chose the name Soujourn as both meanings of the word embodied their feelings and attitudes about wine drinking. The French sojourner refers to a journey, vacation or road trip, while the English sojourn implies rest, relax and respite. For their label, they chose the lawnchair, reflecting the relaxed and personable feel of their winery, and their intimate leisurely tastings. The 2006 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir marks the third vintage for Sojourn's flagship Pinot Noir with fruit from Sonoma's Sangiacomo Vineyards. Medium ruby in color, the nose exudes floral overtones with ripe cherries and hints of spice. On the palate, sweet cherries and raspberries dominate, along with rich spice and complex earthiness. This wine is a bit more elegant and reserved in style than its predecessors, and you will love it's silky texture and deep flavor profile. No wonder it earned a 96(!) from the Pinot Report. We are proud to offer it to you as one of the Pinot Noir Series selections.