2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains
Red Cherry, Cardamom, Sage
- 30% whole clusters fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks
- Punched down and pumped over 2-3 times per day
- Aged for 11 months in French Oak barrels (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.
2015 marked the 4th year of drought in California. Cool weather during bloom in May and June led to a remarkably early harvest, resulting in lower yields, but fruit with concentrated flavors and colors.