GOLD MEDAL - 2017 Craft Competition International Awards
" 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…
Coeur Du Val is a neighboring vineyard to our own in the Templeton Gap area of Paso Robles’ west side. The slightly cooler west side micro-climate and limestone soils are ideal for Pinot Noir. We picked from two separate blocks in the vineyard, planted to 777 and 115 clones, respectively. We selected rows we considered to be ideally situated on the sloping site for optimum sunlight and peak ripeness.