Whole Cluster Pinot Noir

Whole Cluster Pinot Noir

2016

By opening up the canopy early in the season on select Nielson vineyard blocks, sunlight is allowed to penetrate the grape clusters to reduce any green characteristics often resultant in whole cluster wines. Whole clusters are hand sorted and fermented in one-ton open top fermenters. The fruit is stomped by foot to break up the berries while including the stems.

$45
 / 750ml
Wine Profile

100% whole cluster fermentation of Swan clone from the Nielson vineyard, this wine shows woody notes of cedar, graphite and leather. The palate expresses fruit leather, toast, spice and black cherry.

100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol
13.10%
Tasting Notes

Features of dark fruit like blackberry and dark cherry, with hints of mineral and spice. Concentrated and balanced with a long earthy and brown spice finish.

Vineyard Notes

The Santa Maria Valley – of Santa Barbara County – is one of California’s coolest AVAs, with one of the longest growing seasons in the world. The region is defined by its well-drained, lean soils and the unique east/west transverse mountain ranges that act as a funnel for morning fog and cold afternoon winds off the Pacific Ocean, resulting in balanced, vibrant wines.