2013 Rust Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir
About the wine
The Pinot Noir from our Rust Rock Terrace block shows highly distinctive characteristics vintage after vintage. The outstanding flavors and textural qualities of this unique terroir prompted us to create this single-lot bottling. Comprised of shallow, rocky, volcanic soils situated on the uppermost hillside at the northwest end of our Circle Bar Ranch vineyard, the Rust Rock Terrace produces wines with elegant fruit characteristics and silky mouth feel. Wine club exclusive wine.
Ruby red in color with aromas of cherry and ripe strawberry touched with hints of oak and spice. On the palate, you are met with ripe red fruits and notes of cedar and earth with a silky mouth feel.
When we began to pick our 2013 sparkling grapes in mid-August, the harvest weather was perfect without any potentially damaging heat spikes or rain. Meticulous cluster and shoot thinning helped promote extraordinary depth in the fruit. We wrapped the harvest up in early October, just in time to beat the first rain of the season. Overall, outstanding fruit quality in generous quantity; we could not have asked for a better harvest!
This particular style of Pinot Noir came from our Circle Bar Ranch Vineyard, specifically from our blocks Seven Bays, Pajaro Springs and North Face. This Pinot Noir yielded 15 barrels, with a case production of 385.