KW Ranch Pinot Noir 2016 comes from the lower slopes along the eastern edge of the appellation. Red berries and cherry join undertones of cooking spices and vanilla on an expressive nose. The palate highlights juicy cherry fruit, with bright acidity and mineral undertones, that merge into a long, structured finish. Although delicious now, this wine will continue to improve and open up for the next 5+ years.
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KW Ranch is located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands, southeast of McIntyre Vineyard and just northwest of Gary’s Vineyard. Planted to both Pinot Noir and Syrah in 2000 by Kirk Williams, the site features a well-exposed, gently-rolling hillside with gravely loam soils. Wines from KW Ranch tend to be intense and highly aromatic.
All our Single Vineyard Pinot bottlings go through a similar production regimen. This allows the focus to be on the terroir of each vineyard. 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/ 10% new, from various tonnelleries for added complexity. This wine was barrel aged for 10 months before filtering, bottling and laying down for another 12 months of bottle aging before release.