2014 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains
Pomegranate, Rose Petal, Black Pepper
- Three days of cold soaking
- 10 days of open-top fermentation in stainless steel tank
- Cap was punched down by hand 2 to 3 times daily
- Aged 11 months in small French oak barrels (40% new)
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
This Pinot Noir clone is Dijon-115, a higher-yielding clone that gives off spicy aromas, especially when whole clusters are used during fermentation. It produces complex and powerful wines—not as deep in color as other clones, but with longer aging potential.
Lester Family Vineyard and Saveria Vineyard lie along the western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains near the town of Corralitos. This region benefits from coastal conditions of mild days and cool breezes from Monterey Bay. At 400 feet above sea level, the black, fertile, sandy-loam soils are perfect for producing Pinot Noir grapes with favorable skin-to-juice ratios and concentrated flavors.
2014 marked the 3rd year of drought in California but ultimately celebrated a strong vintage. Cooler temperatures in late summer slowed development and allowed the formation of deep colors and flavors in the fruit.