2014 Antle Swan Pinot Noir
Rich, aromatic and spicy with a silky texture and offers notes of strawberry, cranberries, chaparral & baking spices. Enjoy now or lay this wine down for at least 7 more years.
August 27, 2014
French Oak Barrels, 33% new
August 19, 2016
We received 1.2 tons and gently destemmed the bunches on top of 20% whole clusters into open-top stainless steel fermenters & ¾-ton bins. Throughout fermentation we punched the cap down by hand and after an extended maceration the wine was pressed, settled, then racked to French cooperage and aged for 14 months.
It is a rare opportunity these days in California to make wine with an “old” Pinot Noir clone. At one time much of California Pinot Noir was produced from “old” clones that had made their way into California via suitcases owned by enthusiastic winemakers. These clones have been replaced over the past 15 years by newer clones that have been very widely planted across the state but with that replanting I fear we’ve lost a little history & diversity. So it is a great privilege (not to mention fun!) to offer this wine made entirely from “Swan” clone Pinot Noir. The grapes for this wine were sourced from the Antle Vineyard (aka Pinnaclacitos Chalone), which was originally planted by Dick Graff in 1989. This historic vineyard is a pleasure to behold: it sits in a protected southwest-facing dell overlooking the southern Salinas Valley. Gnarly old vines are surrounded by the striking rock outcroppings of the Pinnacles area makes for a tremendous scene that reminds one of days gone by in California.