2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains
Red Cherry, Cardamom, Sage
- 30% whole cluster fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks
- Punched down and pumped over 2-3 times per day
- Aged for 11 months in French oak (35% new)
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
By combining grapes from different vineyards within the Santa Cruz Mountains, we capture characteristics specific to the region that includes complex aromatics, concentrated flavors and spice. The result is an extraordinarily elegant finished wine.
The warmer climate vineyards of Pearson (in Woodside) and Jewel (off Summit Road) produce small clusters of dark fruit that provide the muscular component for this wine. Saveria Vineyard lies in a cooler location near Corralitos, which produces fruit that leads to graceful yet powerful wine.
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.