2017 Razorback Vineyard Pinot Noir
Razorback is nearly always the most graceful and elegant of our Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs. High toned orange peel and spice notes frame the nose. The mouth is well structured with good acid/tannin balance, great red fruit and more spice notes.
The Razorback Vineyard was planted in 1986 and is the lowest elevation vineyard on the Estate at 1400 ft. Featuring a cool northeastern exposure, this 2 acre hillside is planted to four clones (115, 667, 777 and Swan) of Pinot Noir on fractured sandstone and shale. We ferment the clones together as we believe this encourages more complexity and intrigue in the finished wine. This rather steep vineyard is dry farmed and gets some of the cooling fog that settles below our other Estate vineyards. 2011 is the first vintage we have chosen to bottle as a stand alone, single-vineyard wine.
Record-setting rains replenished our thirsty soils and gave our old vines a much-needed reprieve from four drought-stressed seasons. The 2017 vintage was another year of record-setting heat, continuing our string of record-setting temperatures. Luckily Spring was mild and allowed us to set the best crop we have seen since 2012. A torrid heat spike over the labor day started the growing season with a bang and had us off and running at the sprinter’s pace. The weather following was mild and allowed for the latest harvest we have seen in some time. It will go down as a vintage with good yields and potentially great quality.
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