2018 Pinot Noir
San Francisco Bay
Brix at harvest: 24.3
Harvest date: 9/14/2018
Aging treatment: Neutral American Oak
“Life holds tiny pockets of unexpected brilliance, if we look for them.
I’ve been looking for a replacement Pinot Noir vineyard for the Bien Nacido Vineyard since 2007.
North of 24, in the hills of Lafayette, I have found a gem of a vineyard.
This Pinot vineyard is the brain child of world traveler, Steve Thomas, and he has spared no expense in creating an ideal location for growing this finicky varietal…. My hopes are very high for this location.
This wine is a blend of the 115, 667, 777 and Pommard clones of Pinot.
From my years of making Pinot out of Santa Maria Valley, I love the delicate presence of 115 and unctuous character of Pommard clone.”
Dane Stark, winemaker
Clear red velvet through the center, the wine is filled with clarity.
This wine has classic Pinot Noir fruit, with characteristic floral notes and structure combined with a smooth palate. The location is ideal for a cooler climate Pinot.
It has a delicate backbone of cherries and spice with floral notes and a light oak presence that lingers on the edges. The finish is Burgundian and clean with soft tannins.
This wine will age fine, but life can be short…. It should be opened on any given Tuesday…. “just because”.