A complex and forward wine that begins with red raspberry and cedar notes.
Rich bramble flavors begin, the mid-palate is dense with flavors of rhubarb and white pepper. A touch of dry cocoa and vanilla, along with a bright red-fruit finish completes the flavor profile.
The 2012 Pinot Noir berries are grown in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills region, internationally known for its Pinot Noir-specific terrain, soil, and climate. With the cool Pacific air moderating the warm summer nights, grapes in this area in 2012 produced intense and full-bodied wines that retained their natural acidity.
Harvest began in mid-September.
The grapes were whole clustered fermented for depth and complexity.
This wine was aged in 50% new French oak and 59% neutral oak for 24 months.