2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
This vintage will be remembered as somewhat of a hybrid of the two preceding years: featuring the forward fruit of 2012 and the structure of 2013. The fruit character is more red than black with balancing acid and tannin. Full of energy, the flavors and texture of this wine are unmistakably Santa Cruz Mountains in origin with cherry fruit highlighted by spice, mineral and tea accents. It should drink well over the mid term, 4-7 years at minimum.
Our Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir is sourced from vineyards from four distinct regions within the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA: the fractured shales of our Estate Vineyards high upon Skyline Blvd, coastal Corralitos, the cool coastal La Honda region and the Summit Rd area, which has the highest elevations in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Each vineyard is vinified to highlight it's own signature identity; this blend harmonizes and intensifies the regional Santa Cruz Mountain character.
2014 was the second consecutive drought vintage and featured the earliest harvesting in our 30+ year history. Early bud-break and flowering combined with relatively warm weather throughout the growing season led to rapid development of sugar and flavor in many vineyards. Consequently, we had tremendous ripeness at relatively low sugars which produced wines with bright acidity and ample structure.