The 2015 vintage was a very low rainfall year with an overall warm spring and summer. Warm and dry weather dominated the early part of the growing season which initiated budbreak sooner than usual and was followed by a bit of cool weather during bloom. Summer brought higher temperatures and accelerated ripening to a degree that led to our earliest-ever harvest of Pinot Noir. Fully ripe Pinot was picked 2 to 3 weeks earlier than normal with the Santa Lucia Highlands (63% of the blend) harvest completed by September 17th and the later ripening Arroyo Seco blocks (35% of the blend) completed near the end of September.
Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is produced from cool climate grapes grown in select vineyards within and surrounding the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions of central Monterey County. This region has earned a well-deserved reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir. Over the past decade, the introduction of Dijon clones of Pinot Noir, along with the old standby Pommard clone, has dramatically increased the quality of the varietal here. These newer clones are the backbone of this release of Falcon’s Perch, named for the bird which had made its home in the lone pine tree among the vines, safeguarding the grapes from vertabrate pests while preserving the ecosystem’s natural balance.
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Tannin structure will soften in the first year along with the evolution of an aromatic bottle bouquet. Best between 2016 and 2018.3 Years
A pinch of red pepper really sets off this Pinot Noir. Think classic Maryland-style crab cakes cooked up with a bit of Old Bay seasoning.