2016 Razorback Vineyard Pinot Noir
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Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains
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2016 Razorback Vineyard Pinot Noir

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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.
Production Notes
The 2016 Vintage was another drought year, with early bud-break, bloom and veraison. Poor weather during the early bloom caused shatter and millerandage. Vine stress became an issue late in the year with many of our dry farmed vines showing water and nutrient stress for the first time. The resulting wines are bright and energetic with mid-weight personalities. They are profoundly aromatic and balanced wines that are site expressive and pure.
Other Notes
The 2016 Pinot Noir Razorback Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1986, and like all of the Pinot Noirs here, was partially destemmed and spent 17 months in mostly neutral oak. It has plenty of marine influence in its iodine, cured meats, underbrush, and meaty red and black fruits, with some damp flower notes developing with time in the glass. Complex, nuanced, and layered, with medium body and terrific density, it’s going to benefit from 1-3 years of bottle age and keep for over a decade. It’s one of the more exotic releases in the lineup.
Food Pairing Notes
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck