2008 Hilltop Pinot Silkscreen

2008 Hilltop Pinot Silkscreen

Our 2008 Hilltop Ranch Pinot in a limited edition silk-screened bottle.

A powerful, dark, rich wine with aromas and flavors of plums, tobacco, leather, earth, smoke and spice. With the benefit of bottle ageing, we recommend giving this wine some air after opening, or decanting it.

A highly versatile, bold, food friendly wine that can be paired enjoyably with prime rib, rack of lamb, venison stew or mushroom pâté.

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SKU: 634
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Monterey County
14 months
40% new French oak barrels
Bottling Date
April 6, 2010
Alcohol %
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were harvested by hand. At the winery we gently destemmed them, then they were fermented in open top tanks and punched down gently. The wines were drained and pressed then aged in French oak, 40% new, for 11 months. The wine is unfined and unfiltered. It is a blend of fruit from all of the blocks in the vineyard - Dijon Clones 375, 667, 777, 115
Vineyard Notes
This small bottling of Pinot Noir is from our Estate vineyard 700 feet above sea level and 14 miles from the ocean in Carmel Valley. The grapes that come from this vineyard are generally of small size and are much darker and richer than most Pinot Noir fruit, and we attribute this to soil, clonal selections, and climate. The soil is known locally as “chalk rock” which is a mineral- rich shale. This soil reluctantly surrenders its nutrients, making the vines struggle, thus producing a flavorful, interesting wine. This vineyard is managed sustainably in the Carmel River watershed and is located only a few hundred feet from the lower Carmel Valley AVA.
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