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WHOA (Work Horse Organic Agriculture) is a southeast Santa Rosa, California, farm that grows wheat, fruits, vegetables and wine grapes that are given away to local nonprofits that help feed the needy.
In 2012, the first WHOA Farm Pinot Noir was produced from the 5-acre Crane Vineyard, nestled between two agricultural sites on Petaluma Hill Road. The vineyard was planted to vines beginning in 2005, and now includes Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777, and a rare clone of Italian origin known as VCR 18. The vines are dry farmed. The wine was crafted gratis by Guy Davis of Healdsburg's Davis Family Vineyards, and 100 percent of the profits go toward the costs of animal care, farm management and the demands of providing up to 500 meals a day for Sonoma County residents.
2013 WHOA Farm Crane Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., TA 0.64, 630 cases, $35 (10% discount on a case). This 5-acre vineyard was planted in 2005 to Dijon 115, 667 and 777 clones and a rare clone of Italian origin (VCR 18). Harvest Brix 24.8º. Native yeast fermentation. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 33% new, 33% 1-year, and 33% 2-year. Aged an additional 12 months before release. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with fruity aromas of dark red stone and berry fruits. More purple fruits on the palate which is suave and silky. Nicely balanced with a compliment of smoky oak in the background. Score: 91. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »