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 2016
Our Domaine Eden vineyard site is totally different from Mount Eden’s Estate vineyards. Although only two miles apart, the contrast is based on soil type and the unique ability of Pinot Noir clones to reveal the differences in a soil. Mount Eden’s Estate soil is shale and rock. The wines are soil-driven. While Domaine Eden’s soils are beautifully textured loam devoid of rocks, these wines are fruit-driven. In addition, at Domaine Eden the vineyard is a compilation of many clones and selections. The complexity they create is paramount: from the heritage selections Mount Eden, Swan and Calera to the “Dijon” clones 115, 667, 777 and 828.
2013 is a concentrated, drought stressed year that started early. The winter rains stopped after January 1st and winter was warm. As a result we started harvesting in late August, a full two weeks earlier than normal.
The wines show a dense and seductive aroma of plum, wild strawberry and mountain lilac (yes they are in abundance surrounding the vineyards.) On the palate the 2013 dominates with an intense core of red fruit. Quite youthful at this point, yet it still retains the lift and elegance that is the true nature of Pinot Noir.