This wine artfully combines fragrant strawberry and blackberry aromas with earthy, cocoa dust undertones. Flavors of harmonious red and black fruits including tart plums are underpinned by spice.  A high note of acidity balances the wine’s silky mouthfeel and shapes its harmonious and persistent finish.

After harvesting the fruit, we de-stem and hand-sort the grapes before moving them into open-top fermenters where we use gentle, manual punch-downs to protect the delicacy of the Pinot Noir grapes.  Once fermentation is complete, we rack the free-run juice into French oak barrels (42% new) where the wine ages for 12 months before bottling.

About Our Smith Vineyard:

Our 131-acre Smith Vineyard planted at 590 to 1,280 feet boasts eastern exposure above the fog line for a long growing season.  Its well-draining soils are formed primarily from alluvial materials.  A few exotic Pinot Noir clones (such as Jardini, Calera and Mt. Eden) have been spectacularly successful in this vineyard, lending additional nuance and complexity to this wine.

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