Formerly Sojourner, “the Wanderer”, Sojeau is Dennis and Thelma Peseau’s personal vineyard that crests a boulder strewn outcropping of Volcanic soil on the high Western flank of the Eola-Hills, leering down from 700 feet toward his former property Eola-Springs and the famed Van Duzer Corridor. Planted in 2007 to three clones of Pinot Noir, Violin sources rows from each of the sections of Dijon 115, Wadensville, and Pommard that co-ferment together. Sojeau has a unique balance of tannin and concentration, producing textures that approach supple, velvety, and seamless. The wines lean toward a red fruit profile, with an enticing aromatic quality that is unmistakably Pinot Noir, but on the classic side of the scale.
2018 Sojeau was blended from two fermentation lots—one 100% de-stemmed (one barrel) and one 20% whole cluster (three barrels). The wide range of berry fruits are well balanced by a mineral sense, an almost shell-like saltiness that helps create such a distinctive, inviting aromatic tone. A gorgeous curve defines the feel from start to finish, with fine-grained, dense tannins producing a textural elegance that is simply unmatched in the cellar. Aged on lees for 14 months in one new and three previously filled French Oak barrels. Assembled as a cuvée in early December and bottled January 24th, 2020. 13.4% Alcohol.