Deep garnet core. This wine is deceptively elegant and complex with aromas of rhubarb, Bing cherry, pomegranate and blood orange mingling with talc, white pepper and redwood spice. On the palate are darker berry fruits with orange zest and savory notes. Well-integrated silky tannins and brilliant acidity, this wine unfolds in the glass with layers of nuance.
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 Estate 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. Blocks 2, 7, 9, 15, 17, and 21 thru 29 — consisting of Dijon 777, Pommard, Calera and Swan clones — formed the primary source for the final blend. Planted in 1998, these older vines produce fruit with layers of complexity and wines with exceptional natural acidity.
All fruit (90% de-stemmed, 10% whole-cluster) was hand-picked and rigorously hand sorted prior to going directly into small open-top fermenters. A cold soak at 50 degrees for 9 days prior to native fermentation was performed and followed by an extended average maceration period of 25 days. The cap was kept moist by daily gentle punchdowns by hand. Free-run wine was drained and cellared in 100% French oak, 35% new, for 18 months. Unfined and unfiltered before bottling.
|Varietal||100% Pinot Noir|
|Vineyard||Sea View Ridge|
|Aging||Cellared in 100% French oak, 25% new, for 18 months|
Velvety, with a touch of grit, this wine is tart and tangy in acidity, with a firmness of structure and tannin. The boldly interwoven flavors are defined by wild strawberry, cranberry and black tea
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