Yield: 2.8 tons per acre
Harvest: September 9th-26th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.6° Brix, 3.45 pH, 6.5 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy-40% new; aged 11 months in barrel
Bottling: August 2013; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Spring 2014
2012 was a magical year–the winter was dry but just adequate for us to dry-farm our vines. The start of the growing season was smooth and somewhat late. Summer weather afforded ideal flowering and most importantly, the harvest time was cool and constant.
The Domaine vineyard is planted to a mosaic of heritage selections including Mount Eden, Swan, Calera and Martini with Dijon clones 828, 667, and 777. This architecture is permanent and artistic. The mix of subtle DNA has an influence on the mystery of serious Pinot Noir. Ultimately though, it is the site: soil, slope and weather, that determines the terroir signature.
Youthful aromas of cherry, wild strawberry, pomegranate, and raspberry are abundant along with the classic Santa Cruz Mountains soil. This Pinot has medium weight on the palate with a beautiful, slightly firm texture and solid mid-palate fruit.
With proper cellaring, this vintage should gain in complexity and hedonism for the next 6-7 years and continue to hold for another decade.