Aromas: Cherry Kiafa, damp earth, leather, wet leaves, tobacco
Flavors: Cherry liqueur, cherry bitters, cherry pie, green olive, black licorice
Profile: Cheery cherriness, exuberant texture, bright acid. Pair with cheddar burgers and caramelized onions, flank steak with cherry balsamic or stuffed peppers
Tasting notes provided by Laura Ness, wine writer
The vineyard was densely planted in the year 2000 at elevations reaching 2300 feet above sea level, 17 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The heavily fractured, Vaqueros Sandstone soils and unique mountain micro-climate produce singular, deeply concentrated wines that demonstrate the power and elegance of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. The Gist Vineyard is farmed to organic principles with an emphasis on “Living Soils” and bio-diversity.
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 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.