The fact that it’s been said a million times makes it no less true: Pinot Noir is site-sensitive. Our site, Spring Hill Vineyard, has seven different clones of Pinot Noir planted, all for good reasons. Of those, we chose three – Swan, Calera and Pommard 5 – again, for good reasons. Swan offers intense aromatics – raspberries, strawberries, cranberries – and a distinctive spiciness. Calera has a velvety texture, pronounced acid and earthy aromas. And Pommard adds weight, color and dark plummy flavors. Together they make what we think is a complete wine.
It all begins with classic red fruit aromas of strawberry and cherry, with a whiff of earth reminiscent of red beets and caraway seeds. A little aeration intensifies this potpourri, with black tea in the mid-palate and pomegranate on the finish. While the wine is soft and enveloping on entry, it’s sappy and snappy on the finish.