This is the 11th vintage that I have worked with this vineyard. It is the first Pinot Noir site I was on the ground floor with and was able to choose the clones for my portion of the vineyard. The viticultural choices were ahead of their time and founded on experience rather than guesstimation. It’s something that has kept me working with this site that is also receiving more and more interest by colleagues and journalists.
Red fruits, loam and fresh ginger are on the nose. It takes some time in the glass to see this clearly, as this wine will benefit hugely with time in bottle.. (With this warm vintage, the rather latent 828 clone became more in its element and earned a leading role in this performance). It weighs in at 12.9% alcohol, which is a result of harvesting on the early side in a warm vintage where development toward over-ripeness can occur all too easily. Those who value the 2008 and 2012 vintages from this site will do well to go heavy here. It is likely to be a long-term relationship.