2014 Poseidon Vineyard "Primo's Hill"
PINOT NOIR

2014 Poseidon Vineyard
Vintage
2014
Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Appellation
Los Carneros
Vineyard Designation
Poseidon Vineyard
Harvest Date
Sept 6, 2014
Titratable Acidity
5.58g/L
pH
3.80
Aging
20 Months, 100% New, Medium Toast Plus
Bottling Date
May 19, 2016
Alcohol %
14.3
Wine Profile
Cooperage
100% Kádár Hungary
Elevation
Sea Level to 45'
Clones
1973; Replanted in 1997
Yield
2.5 Tons/Acre
Cases Produced
125
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TASTING NOTES
Lovely red currants, raspberries and rhubarb in cream burst from the glass. Upon tasting, the wine boasts soft, warm red fruit, including plums and pomegranate juice. This is a juicy wine that, with time, will open up with even more generous fruit. Drink now, or cellar 4-8 years for maximum enjoyment.

 

HISTORY
At our Poseidon Vineyard, originally planted in 1973, the maritime influence of the Carneros grape-growing season delivers cool, foggy mornings followed by warm days; ripening is nurtured slowly. At the center of our vineyard rises the seven-acre Primo’s Hill. Carneros soils began as the bed under San Pablo Bay; the silt of marine plants and animals, decomposing over time—and integrating with the nest particles of eroded rock—became clay. This darker and heavier soil comprises most of the vineyard land in Carneros, but as the Bay retreated and the drainage of Napa and Sonoma Valley cut through the clay, deposits of pebbles accumulated on the embankments. It is one such gravelly patch that is exposed on Primo’s Hill, allowing for better drainage and reduced soil compaction and resulting in deeper root penetration. The two-acre flanks of Primo’s Hill consistently produce our finest and most distinct Pinot Noir, which we capture in this reserve bottling.

 

VINTAGE
Drought led conversations all over the farmlands and vineyards of California in early 2014. However, strong, compact rains in February and March helped secure a solid growing season for the vines through spring and early summer. The size of our crop was minimally affected, but it was slightly lower than the previous two years. During harvest, there were no extreme heat waves, which helped moderate ripening.  The tricky issue was that, with the record-breaking drought, the vines ripened fruit earlier than ever before. Most of our varietals were ripening at the same time in early September, and it felt odd to be picking Cabernet Sauvignon alongside Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Timing aside, the modest temperatures of late summer and fall offered us the luxury of picking at optimum ripeness.

 

WINEMAKING
The band of soil that transitions between the upper and lower parts of Primo’s Hill is a gentle, pebble-and-gravel slope. It is here that the fruit for this special wine is farmed. Flavors develop fast on this “skirt,” and the fruit is concentrated with the classic essences of Pinot Noir. Lower yields and the higher skin-to-seed ratio provide the tannin backbone of the wine. The grapes are destemmed then fermented hot in small tanks for a quick extraction. While the juice is still warm and active, it is placed into new Kádár Medium Toast Plus barrels. These barrels are kept in the warmest part of the cellar to continue the fermentation process. This early transition to barrel is what distinguishes the flavor profile of this wine from its peers. The smoky, charry notes of the fresh oak barrels steep into the young wine and add to the savory, reductive aromas of this Pinot Noir. After 20 months in barrel, the wine is racked off lees and bottled without fining or filtration.

 

Alex Beloz, Winemaker
Michael Blaise Terrien, Founding Winemaker

 

Vintage
2014
Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Appellation
Los Carneros
Vineyard Designation
Poseidon Vineyard
Harvest Date
Sept 6, 2014
Titratable Acidity
5.58g/L
pH
3.80
Aging
20 Months, 100% New, Medium Toast Plus
Bottling Date
May 19, 2016
Alcohol %
14.3
Wine Profile
Cooperage
100% Kádár Hungary
Elevation
Sea Level to 45'
Clones
1973; Replanted in 1997
Yield
2.5 Tons/Acre
Cases Produced
125