2012 Pinot Noir, Griva Vineyard
Found in the heart of the Arroyo Seco, the Griva Vineyard is found in the region’s ancient riverbed channel and the property itself is bisected by the seasonal creek. The topsoil is sandy and the subsoil in much of the terrain is impenetrable with hard-pan lens found only a few feet below the surface. Add to those low yielding conditions, the large granite and shale river rocks that litter the surface as well as howling wind and foggy mornings and one has an ideal location for the cultivation of distinct grapes.
A combination of four clones; both “Dijon” clones 667 & 777 as well as classic clones Pommard (4) & Martini (13) were combined and aged for 11 months in French oak. Ultimately a selection of eight distinct barrels were selected for this bottling. Dark crimson in color, the bouquet features wild raspberry and cherry along with rustic earthy, stone and floral characters in the bouquet. On the palate the flavors carry through and the texture is elegantly balanced between supple tannins and bright acidity.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast: "From a vineyard that’s bisected by a seasonal creek comes another excellent showing from this vintage, with black slate, lightly smoked blackberries and bloody iron on the nose. The palate is quite lush, with more smoke, brambly berries and roasted fennel, all clinging to a strong graphite core." — M.K. (12/1/2015)
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