It is said that top quality Pinot Noir only grows in special pockets on the earth where particular combinations of soil and climate coax magic from this delicate grape. The Santa Cruz Mountains contain such a place, and this mountain vineyard garners top awards each year.
Our very first vintage of Pinot Noir was 2013, for which we used a blend of two different clones, Dijon and Pommard. We ended up liking the Pommard a little better, and the 2014 vintage and on are single clone.
2015 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
12.0% Alcohol by Volume
With less than sixty cases produced, this wine is as rare as it is wonderful. After a cool fermentation, it spent eighteen months in a combination of new and used French oak to enhance notes of vanilla and spice, but also allow the crisp fruit to shine through.
Subtle aromas of cloves, brown spice and vanilla precede flavors of cranberry, strawberry and raspberry followed by a slight slate-like minerality, giving an overall effect similar to a holiday pastry.
You've probably already guessed from our description that we love this wine with Thanksgiving food! It is a sublime pairing for turkey, pumpkin, cranberry sauce, you name it! But you don't have to wait until November to enjoy it, try it with your favorite roast poultry recipe, or next time you're grilling portabellas.