2008 Pinot Noir
This vintage year, we blended Pinor Noir grapes from 2 great vineyards: Hirsch Vineyard (70%) and Keefer Vineyard (30%).
The Hirsch Vineyard is located on a rugged ridge close to the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1500 feet, in a zone above the marine fogline. The high elevation vineyard sees approximately 14 hours of sun versus 10 hours at below the fogline, thus allowing long hours of unmitigated sunlight late in the season when tannins are evolving. The Keefer Ranch lies in the Green Valley, a cool appellation characterized by regular intrusion of cooling fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Both of these great cool-climate vineyards add distinctive components that help shape the final blend. The grapes were hand-harvested in a few different passes, destemmed into open-top fermenters, with daily manual punch-downs. This form of handling is the best method to gently extract flavor and supple tannins from the grapes.
|Harvest Date.........||October 2008|
|Barrel Program.....||11 Months in 40% New French Oak|
|Vineyard...............||Hirsch Vineyard & Keefer Ranch|
|Cases produced.....||496 Cases|