From the Winemaker
Located on the eastern slopes of the coastal range that shelters the fertile Salinas Valley from Big Sur, this appellation is relatively new with the first vineyards being developed only in the 1970s. Surprisingly, these central coast slopes are generally cooler than the Russian River Valley, largely as a result of the ocean breezes and fog coming in from Monterey Bay. The vineyards are sheltered by the coastal peaks that limit rainfall. Pinot Noir excels on these hillsides - which is why our travels took us here.
The four vineyards that help make up this wine are farmed by two incredible grape growing families – Pisoni and Franscioni. Their friendship spans three generations and we’ve been fortunate to work together for almost our entire career. They have shaped this appellation and their efforts are reflected in this wine. A taste of the Santa Lucia Highland chaparral. Wild.
A blend of untamed herbs and vivid red fruit. Aromas of freshly peeled apples with wet minerality.
Notes of vanilla and mint. Provocative and polished, with a silky, lingering finish.
92 points, Wine Spectator
"Plump, rich and juicy, this lithe, graceful charmer is centered on blackberry and wild berry flavors and smoke and charcoal accents. Easy to drink and has the balance for short-term aging. (JL) (5/2018)"