10 months in French oak, 20% new
2020 Wrath Pommard 4/777 Pinot Noir
Wrath's blend of clones 777 and Pommard 4 has always showcased the dark, earthy side of our estate pinot fruit and the 2020 vintage is no exception. The nose shows off black cherry and forest floor. Whole cluster fermentation (20%) balances acidity and adds to its layered flavors, while a rich, seamless intensity defines the palate with bing cherry, black raspberry and an allspice element; all leading to a long, structured finish.
Our Estate San Saba Vineyard is sheltered in a nook just below the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, roughly 25 miles southeast of the town of Monterey. Our climate is heavily influenced by the morning fog and afternoon winds from the nearby Pacific Ocean. This is a cool site with little rainfall and one of the longest growing seasons in the world. Our unusual climate allows us to produce ripe, concentrated wines of exceptional balance.
65% Pommard 4/ 35% 777 clone ... Sourced from only estate grown grapes, vine yields are closely managed and average about 3.5 to 4 tons to the acre. Grapes are handpicked and hand sorted. Clones are kept in separate lots during fermentation and barrel aging. 20% of the lots were fermented using whole clusters which moderates acidity and adds to the bouquet. Once fermented to dryness, lots are aged in an assortment of French oak barrels (20% new) from various tonnelleries (for added complexity). Wines are barrel aged for around 10 months before bottling. The bottled wine rested for another 12 months before release.