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!
Opulent ripe black cherry fruit intermingled with cinnamon and vanilla oak spices. Hints of earth and sweet tobacco drift in and out as the wine opens up. This 2008 vintage has a rich mouth-feel with showy velvety tannins that give way to an interesting inter-play of black cherry fruit and minerality on the finish.