Nose

This lush yet stately pinot noir seduces with aromas of black raspberry, violets, sassafras, clove and cocoa butter.

Palate

Juicy red fruits, earl gray tea, hazelnut and damp red clay flavors complement its velvet‐like texture and very long finish.  

Growing Conditions

2012 has been described by many as “textbook perfect,” with both yields and quality being well above average.  The growing season was long and mild, leading to even ripening, and harvest was completed before the first storm of the season arrived in late October.  The wines from 2012 are expressive, balanced and delicious! Vineyards: Properties: Katherine Lindsay Estate, Bellflower, Fraenkle, Gap’s Crown, Ulises Valdez, Walker Station  Clonal Selections:  Beba, Calera, Swan, d115, 667, 777, d114

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2013.

Winemaking

 Fermented in small, open‐top stainless steel fermenters with indigenous yeasts  5‐6 day cold soak, 15‐17 day average total maceration  Direct to press; 3% whole cluster    Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 11 months in small French oak barrels; 47% new.

Appearance

Deep violet in color.