Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Carneros
Winemaker Jon Priest

The site includes six different soil types and a wide variety of topographical features, and the vineyard parcels were customized to conform to the various soil types and the changing contours of the topography. 

Clones Dijon 667, 777 & 115

92 Points - Wine Advocate

"Medium ruby-purple color and gives quite an earthy/savory nose with notes of underbrush, Provence herbs and mossy bark over warm cranberries, fresh raspberries and mulberries plus a hint of smoked meats. Mediumbodied, the palate features a firm frame of chewy tannnins and great freshness, finishing on a mineral note." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2017

Tasting Notes

Temblor offers a signature expression of Grace Benoist Ranch, showing the cooling influences of nearby San Pablo Bay with vibrant acidity, elegant, silky tannins and a delicate but quite demonstrative mouthfeel.  Aromas and flavors of rich red fruit offer layers that reveal themselves with patience in the glass.  Hints of red peppercorn and light touches of oak spice round out the profile.

Vineyard Notes

The Temblor Vineyard is located on a gradual slope that faces east within our Grace Benoist Ranch Estate.  The soils here are very well-drained, with tightly packed volcanic boulders and cobbles braided throughout – a result of the Rodgers Creek Fault line which is adjacent to the vineyard.  This site is directly influenced by the cooling Petaluma Gap, causing the fog to develop early and recede late in the day.  The gradual slopes and moderate microclimate allow for even vine growth and fruit ripening. This expression of Etude Pinot Noir highlights the wide range of terroir influences within Grace Benoist.

Vintage Notes

The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come.  After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures.  Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers.  While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity.  A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors.

Winemaking Notes

The grapes for this wine were harvested at night to preserve freshness and integrity. They were placed in open-top fermenters for 3-5 days of cold maceration followed by fermentation. A small percentage of the grapes were left as whole cluster to preserve the buoyancy of aromatics of the fruit and to add structure and refinement to the wine. We performed punch downs during the early stages of fermentation with the extraction becoming gentler as the wine became dry, and followed with a quiet extended maceration to help modify the richness and mouthfeel of the wine. We lightly pressed the wine into small French oak barrels (25% new) where it rested for 14 months. The wine was bottled with no fining or filtration and allowed to rest for another eight months prior to release.

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