Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Five plus years of aging potential with the greatest evolution of complex aromas within the first year in bottle.5 Years
Pair with a dish of wild mushroom polenta or a board of Spanish charcuterie.
With preseason rainfall just an inch short of the 91⁄2 inch annual average, 2015 kicked off in typical fashion in the Arroyo Seco. Cool weather in May delayed shoot growth somewhat, with daily temperatures nearly 10 degrees lower than normal. We watched with patience as nature slowly delivered a coveted 2.5 ton per acre crop in the Pinot Noir blocks. Growing degree days tracked with the two coldest vintages in a decade (2010, 2011) through the end of May, and then slowly racked up gains through the summer months. This left 2015 as the new record holder of the warmest vintage in the region in two decades. We had great color development through veraison in July. Heat spikes in late August and early September prompted an early harvest that preserved polish and fresh varietal characters in the finished wine.
Our Pinot Noir vineyard resides in the cool and windy enclave of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Comprised of multiple early-ripening Dijon selections of Pinot Noir (clones 115, 667, 777), as well as late-ripening Pommard 4, the vines are grown on extremely well-drained, loamy sand and gravelly loam soils intermixed and underlain by large potato-sized cobblestones. The unique combination of soil, climate, and viticulture produces deeply- colored Pinot Noir with elegantly refined structure and flavor.