Vineyard and Region Information: The Ferarri Family Vineyard (formerly known as Woodruff) is a special vineyard site in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vines were planted over 40 years ago making it one of the oldest 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.
Vintage Notes: 2016 was an all around excellent vintage in the Santa Cruz Mountains. A good set in the Spring resulted in a healthy crop. The remainder of the vintage was moderate all the way through the harvest season. The ownership and vineyard management transitioned just before this vintage and then the tractor broke down. Powdery mildew took over much of the vineyard and left us with only half a ton of high grade fruit (normally 4-6 tons). That said, what we got seems to have concentrated all of the power of the vineyard into the single barrel of wine we made. 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: Deep burgundy color. The nose is deeply perfumed with a melange of Santa Rosa Plum, cranberry sauce, and layers of spice and cedar underlying it. Intensity is word with this Pinot. Intense fruits that echo the nose explode across the palate leaving layers of fruit and spice that finish long. The acidity is mouth watering and enhances the substantial tannins on this wine. This is clearly a wine to age for at least a few years if not longer. When tasted on day 2, the wine was even more expressive and with greater depth on the nose and palate, yet still vibrant and alive. While delicious now, another year or two in bottle will allow the beauty of this wine to further unfurl.