The blocks we have worked with in this vineyard were planted specifically for us nearly 20 years ago. Rootstock was determined by the viticulturalists according to the vigor potential of the soil and the affinity to the variety best suited to the exposure. We got to choose clones of Pinot Noir we were interested in working with. I think the choices made by all were very good, especially in the sections we have assembled to form this bottling.
The Platt family sold this fine vineyard in 2015 and after much friendly discussion, we decided to continue with the relationship albeit on a much smaller scale than previously. There were many other wineries interested in working with the vineyard as well and were willing to pay very high prices for the grapes.
Brilliant red cherry and Madrone bark, roasted beet, sweet loam. Full bodied on entry, this swiftly becomes refreshing and mouth-watering. Interestingly here, the finish grows toward the signature moderately firm tannin framework as opposed to the Russian River Valley wines where the tannins tend to melt before the acidity. Even at this early stage there is great transition and continuity to the flavors and textures. Due to the smaller area I have selected to continue working with and the generally smaller crop in the 2015 vintage, there were only 47 cases produced.