2017 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains
Red Currants, Black Pepper, Loam
- 30% whole cluster fermented in open-top fermenters
- Aged for 11 months in French oak (33% new)
- Kept on the lees the whole time in barrel to help keep wine fresh and develop complexity
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Pinot Noir is considered a noble grape of the Burgundy region in France. It is also grown widely in the Santa Cruz Mountains. By combining grapes from different vineyards within this AVA, we capture characteristics specific to the region: complex aromatics, concentrated flavors, and spice—resulting in elegant, age-worthy wines.
Remde Vineyard, in Watsonville, is composed of sandy loam soils. Influenced by the maritime climate, wines produced from this vineyard are vibrant and balanced. The warmer climate of Jewel Vineyards produces small clusters of dark fruit that result in complex wines.
The winter of 2017 brought huge amounts of much-needed rain. With one major heat spike in August, it was an overall warm year that brought a slightly below-average size crop with good intensity and flavor.