Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Santa Maria Valley
Winemaker Jon Priest
The Pinot Hill vineyard lies on a steep slope in the Sebastopol Hills area of the Sonoma Coast AVA, at the every Northern edge of the wind gap. This is where the fog first heads inland from the Pacific and the last place it leaves in the afternoon. This single-vineyard Pinot Noir is elegant and restrained with bright acidity and a unique spicy quality, a true reflection of the place where it is grown.

Winemaker's Tasting Note

Black tea, cola and cinnamon spice give a complex touch to concentrated flavors of raspberry, cherry and blackberry in this Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir. The wine’s balance and depth are apparent on the fruit-driven palate and the saturation of fruit settles into a long, rich finish.

About the Vintage

The 2014 growing season in Santa Barbara County began even and warm, which brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for fruit set. The warm weather continued well into the summer months with no major heat spikes, and the consistent, moderate temperatures stayed favorable throughout the fall. The overall dry season made for a short and condensed harvest, but the resulting moderate yields of Pinot Noir fruit showed exceptional depth and concentration.

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“Black raspberry and blackberry fruit approach a black-cherry rich¬ness on the nose of this bottling that also shows aromas of slate and roasted meats. The palate tightens up around dried elderberry and cranberry, tangy but deep fruit flavors that are enhanced by crushed juniper and dried pine needles with earthy tones of clay, loam and slate.”