Vineyard and Region Information: In 2008, I convinced Coastview's owner John Allen to bud-over some existing Syrah vines which were having trouble getting ripe at the base of a North-facing hill to Pinot Noir. We took cuttings of various Dijon-clones from the Alfaro Vineyard including 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777, plus some Pisoni selection and established them on a one+ acre block. Since that time, John has budded over additional blocks to Pisoni and Swan selections of Pinot Noir. Our 2018 vintage includes all of these selections.
Vintage Notes: This was a year that defied all expectations. Acid levels were through the roof. After multiple draught vintages where sugar could jump 3 brix in less than a week (the difference of 2% alcohol!), they barely moved over two to three weeks. The made is a winemaker's harvest where we could really fine tune the pick dates.
Wine Notes: Crushed rocks, violets, mulberries, this cornucopia on the nose is reminiscent of the 2016 vintage, but with more expressiveness. Our biggest change in our winemaking regime in 2018 was the addition of a basket press for our red wines. I had serious conversations with several highly respected winemakers where universally they extolled the virtues of the basket press. The part that sticks with me is that they felt there was greater purity of expression. After tasting our 2018s, and honestly, this needed to happen with wines in bottle, I have witnessed a clear thread that binds them together - purity of expression. It is akin to pulling the wool out of ones ears, or getting the focus right on a pair of binoculars. In these young wines there is a purity of expression, a purity of fruit, a clarity and lifting of a haze that seems to have previously obscured these same wines. Over time with bottle aging, it may be that this difference in expression diminishes, but in these young wines it is vivid and present in every sip. Time will tell how differently they may express with age, but if the present is any guide, that basket press was the best investment we have made in years. 93 Points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous