Varietal: Pinot Noir, 50% clone 777, 50% 115
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Vinification: 100% de-stemmed, gently punched down over the course of it's fermentation.
Aging: 15 Months 20% New Hungarian Oak, 20% 2nd fill French Oak, 60% Neutral French Oak.
Production: 5 Barrels, 130 cases
Every vintage is an exciting opportunity to create something incredible.
The 2014 harvest was one of the best I've ever worked with. The ripeness was dialed back so the fruit became a dash more tart and subdued, giving way to more of the earthy side of pinot to show. The clusters weren't ideal to leave in so to bring that spicy factor back to the wine I used new Hungarian oak and the results were far better than expected. The light chocolate notes of the 2013 are replaced with cinnamon and coffee flavors that pair symbiotically with the wild strawberries and turkish delight notes. The other added benefit of the Hungarian oak is the added fortitude for aging - this wine will continue to evolve and blossom for the next 5-10 years and beyond. While the 2014 will also be a match made in heaven with Carnitas Tacos, it truly shines with lightly spicy curries.