2018 Cortada Alta Vineyard Pinot Noir
In our third year of Pinots from Cortada Alta, they continue to showcase density and intensity that expands our notion of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. Dark, with a brilliant purple tone that remains opaque to the rim, this wine opens with anise, fennel fronds, holiday baking spice, cedar, wild berries, plums and vanilla bean. The palate is defined by notes of earl grey tea and blackberry jelly framed by a structure of moderate tannins — it all leads to a lengthy and complex finish.
Harvest Dates: 10-9-18 - 10-11-18
Clonal Selection: Calera, Pommard, Swan, 2A, 23, 667, 828, 943
Barrel Aging: 75% new French oak for 10 months.
Drinking Window: 2020-2030