VINEYARD: Fort Ross Vineyard is located on a very cool, coastal ridge ~1200-1700 feet above sea level within the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, 80 miles northwest of San Francisco. The vineyard sits less than a mile inland from the Pacific Ocean and is recognized as one of the closest vineyards to the California coastline. The ocean fog at this elevation is less intrusive than in lower lying coastal vineyards, rolling in to cover the vines at night but then receding with the morning sunrise. The coastal tempering
effect prevents extreme temperature swings; in fact, the lows rarely dip below fog temperature of ~55°F and rarely get above 85°F on hot, sunny days. With its rugged coastal terrain, marine sedimentary soils, long sunny days and gentle sea breezes,
these coastal ridges have become one of the most highly regarded growing regions in all of California. Of the roughly 32 small vineyard blocks, we receive Pinot Noir from two amazing sections, including clone 777 and Calera selection.
TASTING NOTES: The coastal expression of fruit in this wine is exceptionally pure, dark, earthy and savory, initially exuding aromas of blueberry, cassis, baking spices and violets. The palate is full-bodied and well-structured with a strong backbone of fleshy tannins.
Flavors of beet root, black tea, star anise and fennel add complexity to the gorgeous blackberry, pomegranate and plum layers that unfold on the palate. This intense, yet elegant Pinot Noir has a long, luscious finish and is enlivened by its bright, brisk acidity.
Vineyard(s): Fort Ross Vineyard
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 14 months in 40% new French oak
pH /T.A.: 3.36 / 7.4 gm/L
Production: 553 Cases