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2017 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

2017 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

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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.
Production Notes
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.
Technical Data
Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains
Alcohol %
Wine Advocate
Other Notes
Made mostly from purchased fruit, the 2017 Pinot Noir is pale to medium ruby in the glass and has a spicy nose of roasted cranberries, rhubarb, fresh pomegranate and Bing cherries with notes of dried herbs, dried flowers and garrigue. Light to medium-bodied, the palate is delicate and restrained, with pleasant amaro and orange-peel-like bitterness, a firm, lightly chalky texture and seamless freshness, finishing spiced.
Food Pairing Notes
91 points, Wine Advocate