The complexity of our 2012 Pinot Noir comes from seven clonal selections grown in three locales on the chilly Sonoma Coast, a terrific spot for exemplary cool-climate Pinot Noir. These sites were hand-pruned and picked. The soils in these low yielding, wind-swept sites range from the famed “Goldridge” to shallow gravelly loams. Each site and clone provided different aromas, flavors and structure and we developed the blend from these diverse components.
The first site, representing 50% of the vintage, is less than seven miles from the coast at an elevation of almost 1,000 feet with 15-30 degree slopes. It was densely planted a decade ago and features Guyot training with 16-18 clusters per vine of 115, 828, 777 and “heritage” selections.
The second site (30% of the vintage) is situated in the western section of the AVA (due south of Kistler and Klopp Ranch), offers clones 777 and 828 and contributes richness and depth. The 3rd site is near the intersection Gravenstein Highway & Graton Road and is shallow gravelly loam.