La Fenetre Pinot Noir Sierra Madre Vineyard Santa Maria Valley 2008
The Sierra Madre Vineyard was planted in 1971. It is one of the oldest vineyards in Santa Maria and Ken Brown, its former steward, is responsible for the current spice rack of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir clones on varying exposures and soils. For this Pinot Noir we use a block that has 4 clones in 1.5 acres. Pinot Noir clones are very different but the beauty of old vineyards in Santa Maria is that each of the clones holds its terroir and is quintessentially Santa Maria. Bottled at 19 months and was aged in 36% new French oak.
This wine has very little color, but does not at all lack for intensity. Bright translucent red with baking Spice and a meaty nose. The entry has ripe strawberry, earthy and brambly notes, and cherry. The long spicy finish offers coffee, vanilla, and caramel. Drink now-2016.