Vineyard and Region Information: Coastview Vineyard is a site we have been working with since 2007 and we believe it to be one of the most extraordinary vineyards in California. Planted on a mountain top at 2200 feet overlooking the Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley, it benefits from the cool breezes from the ocean and high elevation. The decomposed granite and limestone soils also contribute to producing exceptional fruit. The owner, John Allen, offered me the fruit for his special Bordeaux variety blocks at the top of the vineyard in 2015 and I jumped at the chance to work with these varietals from such an exceptional vineyard. The famed Ridge Montebello Vineyard is located at a similar elevation on a mountain top located next to the San Andreas Fault and near the cooling effect of the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Bay. Coastview is probably the only other vineyard in the state which resides in a similar location and elevation with exceptional soils to match.
Vintage Notes: 2017 marked a departure from the drought vintages of prior years. We received above average rainfall in all of our vineyards including Coastview. The rains ended in time for flowering to proceed without impact and most vineyards set substantial crops. And the vines woke up later than prior years, they soon caught up with hot and sunny weather only occasionally interrupted by foggy mornings. We never had enough heat to stress the vineyards and were able to harvest at ideal ripeness.
Wine Notes: 2017 Altitude 2292 is another vintage that shows the pedigree of this site. Out of three different fermentation lots, we only used about 1/3 whole cluster in one of them. Cassis, cigar box, and subtle hints of chocolate waft up on the nose. Elegance is the keyword with this blend of all five Bordeaux varieties. Berry and notes of chocolate are prominent on the palate. Texturally, the wine has a serious backbone and mid palate with tannins that pull the flavors across the tongue and finish long. With just over a year in bottle, the wine is barely beginning to unwind. Another year will go a long way towards helping it unwind a bit further, though three to five years will allow it to fill out, soften the tannins and let the more subtle and complex fruit character to emerge.
52% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec.