In 2007 we began farming this vineyard one mile from the Scribe Estate. Planted in equal parts Martini and Pommard clones, the vineyard’s Huichica loam soil and cool Carneros climate ripen this fruit at a steady, gradual pace. Harvested on August 27th, the grapes were whole cluster pressed, squeezing slowly and delicately and separating the inital juice that was in conract with the skins to avoid any color extraction. Any remaining color in the juice dropped out after a long, cold fermentation in stainless steel for 28 days. The wine was bottled on February 20, 2018.
2018 meteorological data: After several years of drought and the North Bay fires at the end of the 2017 Harvest, the 2018 vintage was a welcome return to "normal." The winter was cool and with steady rainfall that delayed bud break by about 3-4 weeks compared to the previous years of drought & irregularly warm winters. The flowering period had a minimal amount of rain and wind which provided for nearly ideal fruit set. The rest of the grapes to ripen slowly. We had out longest harvest to-date starting on August 22nd and ending on October 30th.
18.9 °Bx | pH 3.22 | TA 8.7 g/L | 11.5% alc.