Vineyard and Region Information: The Coast Grade Vineyard is owned and farmed by multi-generation Santa Cruz farmer Jim Beauregard. In the 1970's, UC Davis completed a report on the best locations in California for Pinot Noir, and Bonny Doon was one of the locations listed. Just three miles from the Pacific Ocean, and at 1,300ft of elevation, this vineyard is right at the fog line, so the temperatures here are always cool, yet bathed in full sun all day. The vineyard also resides across the road from an open-pit limestone quarry. This stellar combination of compelling climate and soil gives us much hope for the potential of this vineyard planted in 2008. This is our third vintage working with this vineyard.
Vineyard Notes: The set in the Coast Grade vineyard in 2015 was the worst we have seen to date and resulted in substantially less than a ton per acre yields. We picked just over a ton total which was mostly clone 828 with the balance Pommard. Since there were few berries on each stem and many undeveloped small green berries, we destemmed most of the fruit and only used 25% whole clusters where they looked good.
Wine Notes: Upfront fruit and spice command your attention on the nose. On the palate, the wine exudes umami, minerality and fruit in a manner that creates tension and balance at the same time. The body is already impressive for such a young Pinot, and one is left with that complex mix of fruit and soy sauce character on the finish. While approachable now, this wine will benefit from another year or two in the cellar and will age gracefully for another 10-15 years.
Wine Reviews: 95 Points, "Bradley Brown sources grapes for this wine from Jim Beauregard's vineyard in Bonny Doon, a site three miles from the Pacific and 1,300 feet above it, not far from a limestone quarry. He ferments this with whole bunches (25%) and without added yeasts, creating a pinot noir with the energy, clarity and lift of a wine grown in limestone. It's easy to believe you can smell the coastal forest, the ocean breeze and the limestone there in the wine, but whatever the small actually might be, it's pretty great. This is an exciting wine that translates the tectonic power of the Santa Cruz Mountains into elegance." - Wine & Spirits Magazine