Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Our Nelson Vineyard is one of our most focused and concentrated vineyards with just nine (9) flourishing acres planted across the entire 160-acre ranch. The positioning of this vineyard is the benefactor to the flawless fruit it produces each harvest; situated on the coastal side of the Santa Cruz Mountains the cool maritime breezes moderate the effect of the abundant sunshine, creating the perfect climate for producing high-quality Pinot Noir.
The fruit harvested from our Nelson Vineyard truly represents our commitment to water conservation and sustainability as it is 100% dry farmed – receiving no water from irrigation; utilizing only the water held in the soil from natural precipitation for vine growth.
Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose enthralls with aromas of black cherry, dark berry and spice. Noticeable attack and mid palate presence of mid weight plus boysenberry and plum fruits that saturate the taste senses. The density of fruit is evident and the high percentage of whole cluster really compliments this wine creating textural fullness and interest as well as subtle floral and spice notes. The tannins are quite modest and the wine has open arms even at this young age.
Fruit arrives in the winery via refrigerated trucks. We sort all fruit before adding to the fermentation tanks. 90% whole cluster, Native Fermentation, Hand/Feet Punchdowns, No Additions. Aged Sur Lie with no racking until bottling. Each clone is fermented separately and then blended together for barrel aging.