2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Cherry Compote, Smoky Rose, White Pepper
- Hand harvested September 2, 2015
- Barrel aged 11 months in French oak barrels (50% new)
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
This Pinot Noir clone is Pommard-5, an early maturing, cool climate variety associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is valued for its ability to produce wines with structure, density, chewy texture, and great aromas.
Just a few miles downwind from Monterey Bay, the east-facing Santa Lucia Highlands were first planted with grapes by Franciscan missionaries in the 1790s, but not declared an official AVA until 1991. The breezes from the bay keep the region cool, allowing the slow ripening of feminine-style Pinot Noir fruit.
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.