♦ 2012 Pinot Noir ♦

Vineyard: Branciforte Creek Vineyard
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Wine: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 14.1%
Production: 311 cases


Branciforte Creek Vineyard is located on Jarvis Road in the Vine Hill area of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just a mile away from our well-known Estate Vineyard on the same road. The vines were planted in 1988 in a site that originally had grapes since 1863. This vineyard has low yields of very flavorful fruit year after year.

This vineyard represents the best of “old school” Pinot Noir, before all of those cola-cherry focused “modern” clones became so popular. This vineyard is Pommard Clone, a clone that results in a more traditional, Burgundian take on the variety. You don’t just get lots of cherry/berry fruit – you get all kinds of intriguing back flavors and aromas. Things like dried leaves, damp earth, warming spices and fennel can be found in nuances layers behind and around the fruit.

This wine really opens up with some time in a decanter or an open bottle, with new layers of complexity appearing as you enjoy the wine.