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Pinot Noir


PINOT NOIR is a challenging grape to grow, and only a handful of regions have achieved success with this varietal. As Miles said in the movie Sideways, “It’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and thrive even when it’s neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, its flavors, they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and… ancient on the planet.” Our Pinot Noirs are from two of these tucked away corners: the Santa Lucia Highlands and Russian River Valley appellations. Growing the grapes is only half the battle. Pinot Noir requires the utmost attention and respect in every phase of the winemaking process. Our approach is minimalist. We don’t handle the wine too much or interfere with its flavor or balance.