Established in 1980, this 16 acre dry-farmed vineyard is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains near the coastal town of Aptos. The site sits at 750 feet above sea level and has well-draining sandy loam soil. The vineyard was planted to Wente Chardonnay and its proximity to the sea (less than 4 miles inland) assures the grapes receive the cooling influence of the Monterey Bay.
Harvested on 9/15/22 and pressed directly to stainless steel tank to settle for 24 hours. The wine was racked off solids and into stainless steel tank where natural fermentation occurred. Fermentation to dryness took 13 days then the wine was racked into neutral french oak for malolactic fermentation. The wine was bottled on 8/12/23.
The 2021 Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir consists of 3 vineyards from within the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Trout Gulch, Alfaro Family, and Lester Family vineyards all have their unique clonal materials, site elevation, and soil composition, which help showcase the Santa Cruz Mountains as a whole in this bottling.
Harvested on 9/6/22, 9/13/22, and 9/15/22, consisting of a blend of 25% Lester Family Vineyard Pinot Noir, 50% Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir, and 25% Trout Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir. The finished wine was fermented with 50% whole cluster and aged in neutral french oak. The wine was bottled on 8/12/23.
Planted in 1980, this 16 acre dry-farmed vineyard sits at 750 feet above sea level and has well-draining sandy loam soil. The vineyard is planted to Mt Eden Pinot Noir. Its proximity to the sea (less than 4 miles inland) assures the grapes receive the cooling influence of the Monterey Bay.
Harvested on 9/14/22, Trout Gulch Pinot Noir was fermented 100% whole cluster in an open-top stainless steel tank. The tank was pitched with a natural pied de cuve on day 2. Gravity rack and returns were performed twice a day to keep the clusters wet and fermentation temperatures cycling through the tank. The tank was pressed after 10 days and aged in neutral french oak. Trout Gulch Pinot Noir was bottled on 7/28/23.