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2013 Palisades Pinot Noir

Cima Collina produces many Pinot Noirs, but “Palisades” layers mystery on top of fruitiness.
The 2013 Palisades Pinot Noir from Cima Collina beckons with a comely smile. The first impression is bright, like bursting red cherries.

Yes, the pleasant introduction is expected. Most people know Pinot Noir produces wines prized for their veiled allure. Yet there is something different here. The charming promise comes without a balancing fear of remorse. Only a few hushed suggestions – whispers of tobacco-scented oak, toasted spice, dabs of vanilla and split balsa – give you pause to contemplate, but it’s so easy to return to the fruit.

Yet this is not a big, fruit-forward wine. The bright, swirling cherry is always present, though remains wrapped in many veils – reaching to you, tempting you, but never shedding its elegant mystique. Winemaker Annette Hoff Danzer has pulled off something remarkable – a wine that is fresh and appealing, but also nuanced and elusive.

So you can have your contemplative Pinot Noir and just drink it, too.

- Monterey County Weekly, Dave Faries, December 6, 2018

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SKU: 1046
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Monterey County
Vineyard Designation
Palisades Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 20, 2013
14 months
French Oak Barrels, 40% new
Bottling Date
January 31, 2015
Alcohol %
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were harvested by hand and delivered to the winery where we destemmed all but 12% of the clusters and fermented the grapes in an open top stainless steel tank and ¾-ton fermentation bins. There it fermented for 10 days and then macerated on the skins for a few days longer. The wine was then drained and skins pressed; both free run and press wines were blended and settled in a tank before pumping to French oak barrels where it was aged for 14 months prior to racking, blending and bottling. It is unfined and unfiltered.
Vineyard Notes
This is one of those precious secret places in the heart of Carmel Valley that is situated just above the Carmel River on a site of rocky, sandy loam soil combined with decomposed granite on a south-facing exposure. This gem of a vineyard -–all .79 acres of it – is located only 9 miles from the Monterey Bay, is organically farmed and receives sunshine most days during the growing season but its proximity to the ocean causes the site to cool quickly at night. This is an ideal sunny-yet-mild microclimate for Pinot Noir that encourages the nuances and complexity of the varietal to develop. The clones planted are all Dijon: 115, 667 and 777. These are new age clones that are now planted all over California and dominate the Pinot Noir industry on the West Coast. Dijon clones were first planted in the US in the very early 1990’s partly in response to replanting at that time due to rootstocks failing to phylloxera in established vineyards and also in response to the availability of new clones developed at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon. At the time they were an anomaly and curiosity as most winemakers were accustomed to working with fruit from old selections and “suitcase clones”; now they are the most common Pinot Noir clones planted and have delivered a somewhat predictable character to modern West Coast Pinot Noir. However, fortunately for us, this site twists and tweaks the paradigm of these clones ever so slightly to pique our interest.
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