This is our first Pinot Noir offering from this vintage. It was bottled in April, rather late by most folks’ standards yet like many other local Pinot Noirs of the vintage, it will benefit from additional time in bottle. The 2005 vintage played perfectly into our normal sense of aesthetics and style, so it seemed a pretty easy vintage to work with. There seemed to be very little to do except assure that healthy fruit was harvested in its ‘sweet spot’ (aka ‘optimum ripeness’ – whatever that means) and handled appropriately. Rose petal, black pepper, Santa Rosa plum and thyme all take their aromatic turn. In the mouth, it begins broadly, yet the bright acidity rapidly pulls at the edges resulting in a bright, mouth-watering, food-friendly finish.