Earthy and spicy notes upfront, but opens up to reveal wonderful black cherry fruit that mingles so well with the spicy oak attributes. As so often happens, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA brings a core of firm rich tannins and balanced acidity, and its calling card of minerality.
The estate pinot occupies a solitary single acre on the steepest part of the estate vineyard. The soil is composed of decomposed sandstone and is well drained. The clone is entirely 667 which is noted for its good color and small berry size, especially when planted on steep slopes.
The 667 clone was chosen for its balanced structure and wonderful black cherry fruit, it is one of the few pinot clones that can stand on its own merit, most others that I have worked with need a little help with blending from other clones. The pinot is cane pruned and trellised to maximize quality and because it is planted on a steep slope, all of the farming has to be done by hand. Definitely a labor of love! Enjoy with a Wild Mushroom & Goat Cheese Bruschetta.