(2010 Vintage) VINEYARDS: The grapes for this Pinot Noir are grown in a variety of acclaimed micro appellations in the cool climate of Monterey County, which is located in the Central Coast of California. We blended several Pinot Noir clones, from the higher color Dijon clones to the flavorful Jackson clone, this process gave the wine added complexity and balance. WINEMAKING: We cold soak our Pinot Noir grapes to extract flavor without harshness and to stabilize color. The fermentation is warm with several pump overs per day followed by a few days of extended maceration. The wine is gently pressed, with some of the wine going straight to French oak barrels and the balance going to tank for settling. The tank and barrel lots are rotated mid season. TASTING NOTES: The 2010 Pinot Noir is a medium bodied, well balanced Monterey Pinot Noir. Soft toasted oak flavors showcase notes of ripe red cherry, fig and cassis.