2014 hope & grace Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
The Santa Lucia Highlands is one of our preferred growing regions for Pinot Noir due to the elevated, mountainside perch and its close proximity to the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The Doctor's Vineyard is planted on the terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range, overlooking the Salinas River Valley. Here, the fog and breezes off nearby Monterey Bay funnel southeast, between the Santa Lucia and Gabilan ranges, creating a cool, true Region 1 climate. The vines elevated site takes full advantage of the morning sunshine before the brisk afternoon maritime winds slow down photosynthesis, making for long and gentle ripening. The exceptionally long SLH growing season of early bud break, lack of fall rains and prolonged harvest allow the grapes to develop full, phenolic ripeness and flavors.
Winemaker Notes: Rich aromas of raspberry jam and cherry fruit, with hints of dried rose petals, white pepper and sweet candied cherries. A lush mouth feel of red fruit floods the palate with a velvety texture ...finishing silky and full bodied.
100% Pinot Noir | Pommard & 777 Clone | 40 Barrels Produced | 16 Months on French Oak | Cellaring: Enjoy Now - 2022