2015 Pinot Noir, Cienega Valley, Central Coast
Rhubarb, Manzanita, Red Plum
- Hand harvested in the early morning cool of September 1, 2015
- Aged for 17 months in 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.
Pietra Santa Vineyard lies in Cienega Valley, where cool marine air spills over the mountains from Salinas. The San Andreas Fault line runs through this region, filling the soils with granite and limestone, which work well in concert with the cool climate for ripening Burgundy varietals.
In early 2015, California experienced 30% more rainfall than in prior years, easing concerns over a possible fourth consecutive drought. Bud break in March was normal, but May was cold and wet, disrupting bloom and reducing crop loads up to 40% in some areas. Despite this, the vintage produced wines that are more structured, ensuring greater ageability.