||September 2, 2014
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017
93 Points, Tasting Panel, Anthony Dias Blue
90 Points, Wine Spectator
Planted in 1970, this spectacular Pinot Noir Vineyard would be considered old by California standards. Planted to a massale selection of Pinot Noirs (likely Martini 13 and Pommard), our vineyard outdates most other plantings in the Russian River Valley by 20+ years. Farmed organically and with minimal irrigation, these gnarled vines produce small and compact clusters with yields of just over 1 ton per acre.
Harvested at night, the fruit was rigorously hand sorted prior to destemming and then berry selected before open top fermentation. Cold soaked for 8 days, indigenous yeast fermentation lasted for almost two weeks before aging in 46% new French Oak.