2013 pinot noir english hill vineyard
The English Hill Vineyard is an eight acre parcel planted to three clones on a wind swept knoll, where we are pushing the boundaries of farming. A true expression of the Sonoma Coast, this wine exhibits aromas and flavors that make us think of salty, winter sea breezes grazing the edge of a steep, rocky shore. Bright and lively aromas of red fruits highlighted by a citrus component that mingle with juniper, sumac, tobacco and cedar. Slightly more stout in structure than its Russian River Valley sister, the cool site origins are apparent with the cranberry and pomegranate flavors wrapped up in a lingering finish of citrus pith. Drink now or over the next 15 years.
Vineyard Source: English Hill
Clone: Dijon clones 115, 667 and a selection of Vosne Romanee
Harvet Dates: 9-9-13 and 9-20-13
Harvest Brix: 25 ̊ Brix and 24 ̊ Brix
Barrel Aged: 11 months
Barrel Breakdown: 100% French Oak, 25% new, 25% used once, 50% used for 4 previous vintages
Bottling Date: August 07, 2014
Production: 98 cases
TA: 5.7 g/L
Only 98 cases made.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of ripe, juicy black cherries, raspberries, tart strawberries, also some notes of pine sap, tobacco, white pepper, a spicy-herbal kick. Bright approach on the palate with tart raspberries, cherries and red plums, dusty tannins, plenty of structure, a bright acidic backbone that keeps the wine lively and tart. Notes of bay leaf, tobacco, white pepper, mixed in with richer elements of chocolate-covered cherries and cola. Deep underlying sense of earth and minerals. A beauty of a Pinot Noir that should improve for the next three to five years. Aged 11 months in 25% new French oak. (93 points) - Isaac James Baker