2016 Pinot Noir
Deer Meadows Vineyard

Bookended by a pair of vintages in which Mother Nature presented a litany of challenges, 2016 was marked by a welcome calm in the vineyards. Pinot Noir crop size was above average and in balance with the canopy, each stage of growth arrived on schedule and harvest followed a smooth cadence. The resulting wines from Anderson Valley reveal the profound potential of this idyllic coastal outpost. Here, legendary vineyardist Richard Savoy's success lies in his artistry. His nine-acre Deer Meadows Vineyard is farmed biodynamically and boasts a diverse clonal mix of Pinot Noir highlighted by the Calera clone. Rumored to be descended from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti cuttings smuggled out of Burgundy in the 1990s, Calera is a heritage clone noted for later ripening without a corresponding increase in Brix. It is ideally suited to Deer Meadows' position atop a 1,600-foot ridge, where its location above the fog line affords ample daytime sunshine before Pacific Ocean breezes cool the site quickly after dusk. Deer Meadows Vineyard is a consummate site for crafting the archetype Texture Pinot Noir - one with layers of savory ripeness tempered by precise acidity, and the promise to age with the grace and delicacy of its esteemed counterparts in Vosne-Romanée.

  • Blend
  • 100% destemmed Pinot Noir
  • Clones
  • Calera, 777, 2A, 115
  • Yeast
  • Native
  • Ferment
  • Open top, basket pressed
  • Aging
  • 10 months in 50% new French oak
  • Cellaring
  • 10-12 years
  • pH
  • 3.76
  • TA
  • 5.3 g/l
  • Alcohol
  • 13.5%
  • Production
  • 536 cases
  • Bottled
  • August 24th, 2017