Pale ruby in color. Notes of freshly hulled strawberry, warm candle wax, and a hint of truffle leads into an earthiness of bay leaf and fresh soil. A hint of sweetness from the oak compliments the fresh and juicy palate. Soft grip of tannin at the tip of the tongue perpetuates a wave of flavor and texture through to the finish. This wine has intrigue that makes you want to go back for more.
It was another mild winter in Northern California, yet the extreme coastal regions received significant rainfalls in the latter part of winter and early spring of 2014. This precipitation fully saturated our estate soils and provided enough moisture to support our vineyards through the growing season. Signs of budbreak first showed in early March and the onset of flowering around the late week of April. Summer was moderate, dominated by cool, sunny days with omnipresent fog just offshore. The onset of veraison was fairly widespread by the third week of July, and the continuation of moderate and sunny weather interspersed with cool fog prevailed through the end of the growing season, allowing us to bring in pinot noir of exceptional depth of flavor and finesse.
Sourced entirely from our organic and biodynamically farmed Sea View Ridge Vineyard. Give the extremes of this site, including elevations of 1,400 to 1,875 feet, each small block ripens at its own pace. The soils on the ridgetops are shallow and rocky with a mix of volcanic soils in the lower blocks and broken sandstone and shale higher up which naturally restrains yields. This is Pinot Meunier was sourced exclusively from Block 19, where the slope is so steep that the vines are terraced and soils are shallow, rocky and heavily influenced by volcanic intrusions and high iron content. Planted in 1998, these Pinot Meunier vines produce fruit with layers of complexity and wines with exceptional concentration and natural acidity
All fruit was carefully hand-sorted and then destemmed. Whole berries fell by gravity into traditional, small, open-top fermenters for a cold soak at 50 degrees for 13 days prior to native fermentation. With minimal manual punchdowns (twice a day or less), the wine was left in contact with the skins for an average of 25 days depending on extraction and tannin levels. The finished wine was pressed on the skins using a modern basket press and transferred directly to barrel with minimal racking prior to bottling. Cellared in 100% French oak, 30% new, for 18 months. Unfined and unfiltered before bottling
|Varietal||100% Pinot Meunier|
|Vineyard||Sea View Ridge Block 19|
|Aging||100% French oak, 30% new, for 18 months|
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