Facts of Note
our coolest region
a taste of the highland chaparral
Located on the eastern slopes of the coastal range that shelters the fertile Salinas Valley from Big Sur, this appellation is relatively new with the first vineyards being developed only in the 1970s. Surprisingly, these central coast slopes are generally cooler than the Russian River Valley, largely as a result of the ocean breezes and fog coming in from Monterey Bay. The vineyards are sheltered by the coastal peaks that limit rainfall. Pinot Noir excels on these hillsides - which is why our travels took us here.
The five vineyards that help make up this wine are farmed by two incredible grape growing families – Pisoni and Franscioni. Their friendship spans three generations and we’ve been fortunate to work together for almost our entire career. They have shaped this appellation and their efforts are reflected in this wine. A taste of the Santa Lucia Highland chaparral. Wild.
Nose: Game, savory notes, dried fruits, olives, pretty & playful
Mouth: Deeply structured, spice, game and meat, savory, sour cherry, tangy acidity, richly textured with layered red fruits with dark notes.