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.
Rave review for our 2014 vintage!
90pts Robert Parker (Aug 2016) – “..Drink this outstanding Pinot Noir over the next 5-6 years”