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Santa Cruz Mountains
The 2019 Pinot Noir Coast Grade Vineyard is well balanced and highly perfumed with the classic Santa Cruz Mountain aromatics we all adore. The palate is nearly full bodied with flavors which mirror the nose with rich fruit flavors of raspberry, cranberry, pine needle, forest floor, and savory herbs. This wine is delicious now and ideal for drinking upon release and over the next 3-10 years. I anticipate this wine will peak between 2025 and 2029, if kept in a cold dark place it will age longer.
Coast Grade Vineyard, located in Bonny Doon, California is farmed by Ryan Beauregard. Planted in 2008, the 17 acre Pinot Noir vineyard sits at an elevation of 1,238 to 1,350 feet on a southwest facing slope. Monterey Bay influences combine with sandy loam soil and underlaying limestone to produce wines with minerality and striking acidity.
The grapes were hand harvested, 70% de-stemmed, and foot crushed. Native yeast fermentation took place for 21 days with daily punchdowns. The wine was pressed and put into finest French Oak we have in our cellar with about 20% new barrels and aged for 22 months.
The 2019 season had a cool wet spring and a cooler growing season that let the grapes mature gradually giving this vintage superb full flavors, fresh acidity, and excellent balance.