2015 Hilltop Ranch Pinot Noir

2015 Hilltop Ranch Pinot Noir

Our final release from our proprietary Hilltop Ranch Vineyard in Carmel Valley ... and one to be savored! This wine is a cellar worthy delight.

A rich wine with a deep, dark ruby color and Bing cherry, pepper and ripe plum aromas. Its toasty oak characteristics mingle with fruit on the palate, embracing a very pleasant mouthfeel and long full finish. A full-bodied Pinot and wonderful accompaniment to roasted beef tenderloin, wild mushrooms or a homemade burger off the grill.

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SKU: 15HilltopPinotNoir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Monterey County
Vineyard Designation
Hilltop Ranch Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 26, 2015
14 months sur lies
French oak barrels, 30% new
Bottling Date
February 15, 2017
Alcohol %
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were harvested by hand and transported to the winery and fermented there, using 15% whole clusters. After fermentation the wine gently drained and pressed, settled in a tank overnight, then put down to barrel where it underwent malolactic fermentation and ageing sur lies.
Vineyard Notes
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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