Varietal: Pinot Noir, 50% clone 777, 50% clone 115
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Vinification: 30% whole cluster, foot stomped for 2 days, gently punched down for the remainder of fermentation.
Aging: 15 months 33% New French Oak, 67% Neutral French Oak
Production: 3 Barrels, 83 cases
My first solo red wine. This was my opportunity to take all the knowledge I had gathered over the years and realize it in to something distinct and expressing every quality that I love in Pinot Noir. While I have always felt that complexity, good acid, and balance are very important in wine, I also think that a wine should always have that 'yum' factor.
This is an aromatic wine, with tons of plush fruit that is typical of Santa Lucia Highlands, yet it has spice from the addition of whole cluster and a silky finish from the carful balancing of acid and picking the grapes at their optimal ripeness. This is a wine that will age gracefully for the next 5-8 years.
Much like the way local cuisine has been mutually shaped by local wines of the old world, such as a Burgundy and Beef Bourgogne, my wine is made to be drank with some of my favorite foods. The 2013 13B is perfectly matched with Carne Asada Tacos, the fresher the better.