Essentially all from the Green Valley Appellation, some of these vines in the lowest lying areas were affected by early spring frosts of 2008. This resulted not only in less fruit, but less evenly developing fruit because the shoots that re-grew never caught up, translating to later ripening. At nearly full coloring of the ‘earlier majority’ of the grapes, our most frost-affected grower removed the ‘later minority’ making the fruit harvested later more even, leading to the highest quality wine possible even if it meant further reducing the tiny crop. That’s how you do it right. That’s how Kirk Lokka who farms the Hallberg Vineyard did it for us.
I showed this wine at the recent June Pinot Days grand tasting in San Francisco. I have to admit that as good as the 2007 is, a significant number of people preferred the 2008. Like all our Pinot Noirs, this wine will still benefit from a couple more years in bottle. But it shows quite well after its year in bottle. I like the floral notes and the freshness of this vintage very much and find it multi-faceted and hypnotic.