Our Pinot Noir grapes come from one of our estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County.This site is located just south of the Santa Lucia Highlands. The climate is heavily influenced by the cool afternoon winds that sweep down the Salinas Valley each afternoon off of the Monterey Bay. With nutrient-rich shaly loam soils, this is renowned terroir for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our 2018 Pinot Noir delivers delicate aromas of cherries, raspberries and currants with notes of mocha and vanilla from the French oak. It is medium-bodied and velvety with soft tannins and a long elegant finish. Pairs perfectly with salmon, pork and strong cheeses.
Upon arrival at the winery, select lots of Pinot Noir grapes were carefully sorted, destemmed, and allowed to cold soak at 50 degree Farenheit to extract colour and flavour from the grape skins. The must was then inoculated with select yeast and punched down three times a day at the height of fermentation. The wine was racked clean for aging with 100% French oak for 12 months to add complexity and round out the tannins.