Nose

Pretty but concentrated aromas of rose petal, dark cherries, cocoa, anise and cardamom.

Palate

Sweet cherry and plum entry with a zesty mid palate reminiscent of baking spices, leading into an opulent, elegant, lingering finish.

Growing Conditions

Carneros is known for its loam and clay soils and a mixture of flat land and rolling hillsides, which has the reliable marine fog that rolls in every evening and burns off mid-morning. A warm Spring led to early bud break and bloom, while a cold May reduced fruit set and kept yields in check. Final ripening happened at a steady state and contributed to an early harvest with high fruit quality. Clones: Swan, Pommard, Dijon 115, 667 and 777

Harvest

With little pressure due to weather, we were able to spread our harvest over a 30 day period. After night harvesting, the Pinot Noir fruit arrives at Saintsbury within the hour of its pick.

Winemaking

The clusters are sorted and into small open-top fermentation for gentle punch down.

Aging

8 months in 15% new French Oak barrels.