2012 Pinot Noir
100% Santa Cruz Mountains
40% Lester Family Vineyard/ 30% Lilo Vineyard/ 30%Byington Vineyard
180 cases produced
Lester Family Vineyard is located just above the fog line overlooking Monterey Bay on the southern end of the appellation. It is eleven acres of a combination of clones grown on colluvial loamy sands with varied mineral content rising to the surface.
Byington Vineyard is located at a 2000 ft elevation in the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains. Sandy loam soil with tertiary sediments from granitic sources. With views of the Monterey Bay, its climate is influenced by the cool pacific ocean.
Lilo Vineyard is located at a 1000 ft elevation on a south facing steep hillside of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This 4.5 acre vineyard of Pinot Noir is grown on sandstone, schist, and shale soils. It also shares a view of the Monterey Bay and in turn a cool pacific ocean influenced climate.
Vineyards were fermented separately. 5-6 day cold soak with small sulphur addition. Indigenous yeast fermentation, no additions made. 12 day primary fermentation, 8 day maceration. Gently pressed into neutral barrels and 10% new french oak barrel. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, 14 month ageing.
2012 is said to have been a perfect year for California. Long, sunny days throughout the growing season and into harvest. This harvest translates into ripe fruit and simply- a lot of flavor. The wine has classic aromas of cola, cherry, raspberry. On the palate there is bright acidity, silky tannins, flavors of cherry and dried strawberry.