All grapes for our pinot noirs to date are sourced from the Peterson Vineyard alongside River Road in the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH). We are very pleased to be able to call this our namesake vineyard and to share with you our estate grown fruit. The vineyard is 8.8 acres planted to pinot noir clones 828, 667, 05, 115 and 777. The vineyard has a perfect South East exposure overlooking the Salinas River Valley and benefits from the unique SLH terroir. The Santa Lucia Highlands offer a cool, ocean influenced climate, with morning fog burning off to midday sun and cooling afternoon winds. The overall climactic combination results in an especially long growing season that allows the grapes to fully develop and attain maximum potential. Pinot Noir thrives in this environment.
We planted 1.1 acres of chardonnay in the Peterson vineyard in 2011 and produced a very limited quantity of our first chardonnay from these grapes with the 2015 harvest. Chardonnay also thrives in the unique SLH microclimate.
During 2014-2017 we have planted additional pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah and viognier vines on our second, higher elevation property in the Santa Lucia Highlands and had our first limited production of pinot noir, chardonnay, and syrah from this vineyard in 2016. We have named the new vineyard Cortada Alta to reflect its high elevation location just below the notch in the SLH appellation map (Cortada Alta is Spanish for "high notch"). You will hear more about the new vineyard when we release the first Cortada Alta wines later in 2018.