2015 Wrath Pinot Noir, San Saba Vineyard
93pts Jeb Dunnuck (formerly Wine Advocate) ; 91pts Vinous/ Tanzer ; 90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Our Estate San Saba Vineyard is set in a sheltered nook just below the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The estate consists of 72 acres of which 67.75 are planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Falanghina. This is a cool site with little rainfall and one of the longest growing seasons in the world. Our soils, Arroyo Gravelly Loam and Hanford Gravelly Sandy Loam, provide a low-vigor, well-draining, disease- and pest-free medium for our vines. They also impart a subtle mineral quality to our wines. To preserve our local ecosystem, we have worked with viticultural consultant Steve McIntyre to develop a sustainable farming program (SIP), certified by CCVT, tailored to our estate. In addition to protecting the local environment, we believe it allows us to produce wines that are more authentic and specific to our terroir.
48% Clone 828; 17% each 115 and Pommard 4 and 9% each 667 and 777; Sourced from only estate grown grapes, vine yields are closely managed and average about 3.5 to 4 tons to the acre. Hand harvested and hand sorted, the grapes are cold soaked for three days before inoculation. Clonal lots are kept separated in small open-top bins during fermentation and 20% of the bins go through whole cluster fermentation. Close monitoring ensures that production stages are implemented at optimal periods. The young wine is racked into an assortment of barrels, only French oak/43 % new, from various tonnelleries for added complexity. This wine was barrel aged for 10 months. Only selected barrels were chosen for bottling and laying down for another 18 months of bottle aging before release.