2012 Pinot Noir, Zabala Vineyard
Hailing from the "South Pointe" block at the southern edge of the vineyard, Mercy sources three different clones from the Zabala Vineyard; "Dijon" clones 115 and 667, as well as touch of Pommard clone (4). The property itself is found in the region's dried Riverbed channel, a low yielding slice of terrain found adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Creek as it flows outward from the Santa Lucia Mountains. In this area, beds of cobblestone and large granite stones scar the meager surface soil and in concert with gale winds and dense fog, help build flavor and intrigue of Zabala Vineyard fruit.
At its core, this wine shows layers of berry and cherry aromas, as waves of black berry, raspberry and black cherry mingle with notes of vanilla cola, baking spices, pie crust, violets and mineral tones. Well-balanced, similar tones are present on the palate and are framed by supple, integrated tannins and a firm line of acidity.
94 points - Wine Enthusiast: "this wine shows plum and raspberry fruits on the nose along with smoked licorice and black slate. It’s ripe in raspberry flavor at the tip of the sip, but then clings to a restrained line of graphite and peppery, acidic spice, continuing to evolve deep into the finish." — M.K. (12/1/2015)
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