2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, Lester Vineyard  

This classic pinot noir allures the senses with enchanting beauty like the sirens in Greek mythology. A delicate nose offers ephemeral whiffs of cherry, rose petals, cola, nutmeg and vanilla before impressions of black cherry, baking spice, root beer, dried brush, and smoky game dance on the tongue. Not to be outdone, the tactile sensations flaunt silky texture, melodious tannins, and fresh acidity on the finish. Age three to five years.


A renowned source of wine grapes since the late 1800s, the Santa Cruz Mountains region is one of the first AVAs to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The official appellation lies mostly within Santa Cruz County, but also extends into parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation: down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.

In 2012, pinot noir grapes were sourced from Lester Family Vineyard, a mid-1990s planting situated along the western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains near the town of Corralitos.

Benefiting from the classic coastal conditions of mild days and cool breezes from nearby Monterey Bay, the vineyard lies 400 feet above sea level in well-drained sandy-loam soils. Deep and fertile, these black soils are paired with Pinot Noir Clones 667 and 37 and a lyre trellis system, producing small clusters with tiny berries that boast favorable high skin-to-juice ratios. The combined effect of climate, soil, vine and treatment provides complex aromas, concentrated flavors and extraordinary elegance in the finished wines.


Vintage: 2012

Pinot Noir

Winemaker: George Troquato

Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains

Lester Family Vineyard

Harvest Date(s):
Oct 10, 2012

Barrel Aging: 11 mos

Cooperage: French oak barrels (30% new)

Cases Produced: 150

Consume: 3 - 5 yrs

Release Date:
September 2013

Varietal Content:
100% pinot noir

pH: 3.80

Total Acidity:
0.59mg per 100ml

Finished Alcohol: 14.5%