Wrath's newest Single Vineyard Pinot Noir offering; Cortada Alta offers a leaner, more European style of Pinot, that showcases structure with youthful tannins that give way to subtle flavors of red and black cherry, a touch of dried herb and a bright juiciness that keeps the wine beautifully balanced.
Cortada Alta is the highest planted vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Because of the challenges in dealing with thin, rocky soils and nearly constant exposure to strong cold winds that hit the clusters throughout the year, Swiss/German clones Mariafeld and Wadenswil were selected for this site. These two clones grow and ripen nicely in their environment and offer a sophisticated, interesting selection not usually found in our growing area. This bottling is a leaner, more European style of Pinot; it showcases structure with youthful tannins that give way to subtle flavors of red and black cherry, a touch of dried herb and a bright juiciness that keeps the wine beautifully balanced.
Nestled high above the abundant Salinas Valley patchwork floor midway between Gonzales and Soledad, lies the highest elevation vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. John and Lynne Petersen developed their vineyard between 2014 and 2017. It is now farmed by third and fourth generation father and son farmers, the Panzieras, who trace their lineage back to the Bianchi's and past that to José María Soberanes who arrived in the area in 1769 with the Portola expedition. Needless to say, this vineyard is rooted in history.
60% Mariafeld clone and 40% Wadenswil clone