Vineyard and Region Information: The Woodruff Family Vineyard is one of the most special vineyard sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vines were planted over 35 years ago making it one of the older vineyards in this area. The sandy loam soils have great drainage and the vines are 100% dry farmed. Next to the vineyard is a strawberry farm, giving you an idea of the unique cool and slow ripening location of the vineyard. The vineyard is located in rolling hills of the Corralitos area at the Southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains which are consistently cooled by fog moving in from Monterey Bay and often persisting through the late morning hours. We are so fortunate to work with this exceptional vineyard and share this special expression of Pinot Noir with you.
Vintage Notes: 2015 was a classic low yielding, high concentration vintage in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Years of drought followed by an early bud break and then Spring rains had a major impact on yields with most of our Pinot vineyards at less than 50% of normal. The remainder of the vintage was moderate to warm which brought on rapid ripening during the harvest season. Winemakers needed to be very tuned into their vineyards or they were likely to pick excessively ripe fruit. The third year of drought kept berry size small, intensifying flavors and forming supple tannins while the wet and cold weather during set dramatically reduced yields. The old, dry farmed vines of the Woodruff Vineyard naturally produce low(er) quantities of grapes, but extremely high quality. Minimal intervention in our winemaking and generous use of 100% whole clusters produced a wine that is expressive now, but will require at least two years in bottle to fully unwind and reveal it's true depth and weight.
Wine Notes: The nose on this wine is just singing right now, though it is delicate and a foreshadowing of greater development to come. It is the kind of nose that leaves you pondering in a thoroughly enjoyable and compelling way. There is a complex melange of strawberry fruit, earth/wet stone, and hints of exotic asian spice. On the palate, vibrant acidity and abundant tannin frame the delicate fruit, spice and earth that unfold on the palate throughout the long finish. We would expect this wine to age gracefully for 15-20 years. Give it at least two to three years in bottle to let it unfurl it's full beauty.
93 Points, "Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of underbrush, mulch and flower blossom persist in the glass. Quite restrained initially with a primarily savory undergrowth and earth character. When tasted later in the day from a previously opened bottle, this wine showed the most dramatic change, offering appealing mid weight flavors of blueberry, boysenberry, black cherry and spice.The silken mouthfeel attracts. Somewhat rigorous tannins need time to mollify. This is definitely a wine to lay down for a year or two." - Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile