Most of our Pinot Noirs are grown on Goldridge soils in the Green Valley and on the Sonoma Coast. This vineyard is a bit more to the East of the Laguna de Santa Rosa on a higher–clay and silt soil named Huichica. It is slower to warm up in the spring (which is good because being on the valley floor it is naturally more prone to spring frost) and is consequently harvested during the late part of the fall. Twelve years ago, I made a ‘Laguna’ bottling from similar soils, which was very popular. This is similar in expression to the Laguna bottling with its darker fruits and more substantial weight on the mouth. Its kind of like a Russian River Valley counterpart to the Sonoma Coast ‘Big Brother’ bottling we do. More of a masculine Pinot Noir, this is more of a lamb and mushroom wine than a salmon wine.