The ancient sea-bed of the San Pablo Bay is mineral rich, clay soils that define La Cruz Vineyard. Twenty acres are planted to Pinot Noir. It is typical to expect a pronounced bright acidity and signature spice note from this vineyard.
The 2017 La Cruz Pinot Noir shows medium ruby in color with a bright and open nose. Fresh and warm aromas of cranberry, Bing cherries, and spiced berries. An outline of underbrush, pomegranate and amaro complete the midpalate before an exuberant finish on this medium-bodied wine. Both intense and spicy on the palate, the lasting soft frame and juicy acid lead you to the finish.
We're proud to report that The Wine Advocate's Erin Brooks had a chance to sit with Julien and Ana to taste this treat of a wine. She calls the fruit basket bright and fresh with touches of citrus peel. Spice on the blackberries and warming notes of raspberries are the intense precursor to the long, energetic finish.
|Cases produced 215||Oak Regime 25% New French Oak|
|Harvest date Sep 14-19 2017||pH 3.65 Total Acidity 5.48 g/L|
|Clones Pommard, 667, 777, 828||Alcohol 14.4%|
|Cellaring potential 2020 - 2029||Fact 13 blends were tasted before final blend|