2016 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
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 sand stones of our Will’s Cabin Vineyard high upon Skyline Blvd, coastal Corralitos, the cool 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 Mountains character.
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.
Leading off the Pinot Noirs, the appellation 2016 Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains is a winner with its pretty notes of raspberries, flowers, and rose garden. It’s medium-bodied, incredibly seamless, and elegant. Seeing plenty of stems and 17 months in one-third new oak, it’s absolutely on the level of the single vineyards.
Food Pairing Notes
92 points, Jeb Dunnuck