Vineyard and Region Information: Three blocks go into our Old Corral Pinot Noir. The first is the namesake Old Corral block. This rocky hillside slopes steeply to the South and East and is planted to the Swan selection. The steep South-facing Boulder and Rocky Blocks are planted to Mt. Eden selection. Both of these blocks are very rocky as the names would suggestion. Boulder Block is actually planted around giant boulders with tightly spaced vines (5x3) and must be farmed entirely by hand.
Vintage Notes: We are very happy with the way the 2017 vintage turned out at the estate vineyard. The heat spike that affected other vineyards more strongly did not have a noticeable impact at the estate. Yields for our estate Pinot were down substantially though with the Old Corral block with the Swan selection at around one ton/acre and the Mt. Eden fairing a bit better at closer to two tons/acre.
Wine Notes: The personality and characteristics of each of our single vineyard Pinots is distinct and reflects the site where they come from. Our Old Corral Estate Pinot Noir is remarkable for its perfumed and floral nose, with layers of spice. There is something haunting and compelling about it that is very different from our other Pinots. I can only image that with substantial bottle age it will become even more haunting and ethereal. Taking a sip one is greeted with a vibrant and silky wine that is in a couple of words elegant and delicious. Carried along by a balance of tannins and acidity, dark cherries, wild berry, and layers of spice unfold. I would guess this wine might get a bit tighter before it decides to unfold greater beauty over the long haul. I am looking forward to seeing where this wine goes in 3-5 years
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