SILVER MEDAL WINNER - Affairs of the Vine 13th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout
" A lovely, supple Pinot Noir with hints of strawberry and earth" - S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
The tiny 2011 yield gave us enough fruit for just two barrels. We selected new French oak for one and neutral American oak for the second. The strawberry and raspberry notes of the 115 clone fruit were particularly dominant this year. The 777 clone berries held the sweetness in check with darker, earthier flavors resulting in a delicious, structured and multi-dimensional pinot. We only wish there were more of it…
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, 92 Points - 2014 Affairs of the Vine Rhone Competition.
GOLD MEDAL, 91Points - 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL, 91Points - 2016 World Wine Championships Award
The Dove Pond fruit gave us a lot to work with. The small berries, bursting with juice, gave us intense syrah flavors and aromas – black currant, chocolate and licorice. The jet black skins imparted a dense, inky color. We aged the wine in French oak (40% new) adding just a hint of smoky vanilla.
Hidden Valley Vineyard is our estate vineyard, located in the Templeton gap area of Paso Robles’ Westside. The sloping terrain drains rapidly and the vines enjoy long warm days and cool nights throughout the growing season. The mature, cane pruned vines produce low yields of intense and expressive fruit.
Yields were so light in 2011 that we were unsure if we even had enough fruit to produce the Novus Ordo blend this year. Somehow, we found a way and we are very glad we did – albeit in a very limited quantity. The quality of both varietals was superb and the resulting blend exceeded even our high expectations. Equal parts smooth and explosive, this wine is ready to drink now but we predict it will improve even more with age – assuming you have the self-control to wait…