The 2015 Block 19 Pinot Meunier beautifully captures the unique profile of this varietal and the elegance of our Sea View Ridge Estate vineyard. e nose opens up with aromas of ripe cherry, plum and sandalwood – perfectly balancing its savory backbone of clove, anise and pine. With such complex aromatics and elegant flavors, this unique block selection is sure to be thought-provoking and irresistible.
Mid-December rain in 2014 was followed by a dry and warm January and February with temperatures in the 60s. The early warming of the soils in 2015 encouraged sap flow in the vines, leading to bud break the first week of March. Sporadic showers throughout late March and early April brought added moisture to the vines during the beginning of the growing season and provided excellent vegetative support during the period of rapid shoot development. Our Pinot Noir experienced an extended bloom lasting from mid-April through early May which led to decreased yields with well-spaced, smaller clusters — excellent from a quality standpoint. Moderate summer temperatures balanced by the presence of coastal fog brought the phenolic chemistry of the rosé fruit to optimal harvest levels during the first week of August.
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. e 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. 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 hand-picked and fed by gravity into a neutral wood tank for a cold soak at 50 degrees for 6 days prior to native fermentation. e wine underwent manual punch-downs twice a day and was left in contact with the skins for 18 days of total tank time. e finished wine was pressed on the skins using a modern basket press and transferred directly to barrel. Cellared in 100% French oak, 25% new, for 16 months. Unfined and unfiltered before bottling.
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