2015 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: Vibrant aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit ... notes of intense cinnamon, vanilla, and cola. Juicy red fruit envelopes the entire mouth, leaving a lush and gratifying finish. This Pinot embodies deep extraction and concentration of flavor while maintaining excellent balance and mouthfeel.
100% Pinot Noir | Pommard & 777 Clone | 40 Barrels Produced | 16 Months on French Oak | Cellaring: Enjoy Now - 2022