2016 was a cooler vintage in Monterey County when compared to recent years. This fluctuating growing season began with moderate spring temperatures and was followed by just enough summer warmth to release full flavored ripeness from our collection of Pinot Noir vineyards. Harvest began at a slow tempo on September 15th in our earliest ripening blocks in the Santa Lucia Highlands and was quickly shifted to a rapid pace the following week as we picked to stay ahead of the Indian Summer heat that arrived in late September. It took just 14 days to complete this year’s compact Pinot Noir harvest.
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 2019 and 2020.4 Years
A pinch of red pepper really sets off this Pinot Noir. Magical when paired with Spanish Chorizo, spicy peppered salami or crab cakes done Cajun style.