2017 Rapley Trail Vineyard 'James Thomas Block' Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir James Thomas Block Rapley Trail Vineyard espresses beautiful perfume of red currants, red cherries, crushed violets, and ample rocky, earthy minerality.
The Rapley Trail Vineyard ( avg. elev. 1650 ft.) was planted in 1981, consisting of six contiguous acres of Pinot Noir vines on our Estate’s rugged southeastern slopes. It has long been the backbone of our past “Estate Reserve” Pinot Noir, but beginning in 2002 we have begun to bottle portions of the vineyard separately. This “deconstruction” displays the unique aspects and interactions of soil and climate that account for grapes whose flavor is a direct product of where they are grown; this is terroir.
The James Thomas’s Block (former ‘M’ Block) sits just above Henry Aryton’s Block (former ‘B’ Block), moving from the bottom of the top of the Rapley Trail Vineyard. The soil is shallow and rocky, and the exposure lends itself to a great amount of wind. These factors contribute to a unique flavor profile and well structured 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 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