2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County
Cherry Compote, Smoky Rose, White Pepper
- 5 days cold soak
- Fermented 14 days in open-top plastic bins (30% whole cluster)
- Fermented warm to 85°
- Punched down 2-3 times per day
- Barrel aged 11 months in French oak (50% new)
- Bottled unfiltered
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.
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.