2012 Hilltop Ranch Pinot Noir

2012 Hilltop Ranch Pinot Noir

A powerful, dark, rich wine with aromas and flavors of plums, tobacco, leather, earth, smoke and spice. It is a blend of fruit from all of the blocks in the vineyard and will benefit from bottle aging up to ten years in the cellar. 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. Only 233 cases produced


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SKU: 1085
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Monterey County
Harvest Date
October 7, 2012
12 Months
French Oak Barrels, 80% New
Bottling Date
December 4, 2013
Alcohol %
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were harvested by hand - Dijon Clones 375, 667, 777, 115. 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, 80% new, for 12 months. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.
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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