2013 Pinot Noir
Our Pinot Noir Blocks 4A, 4B, 5 and 25 are located along Redwood Creek, west of the town of Napa. The elevation is between 200 and 220 feet above sea level. The soil is thin loam on a solid rock base. The climate is moderated by morning fog, and the surrounding hills protect these blocks from the afternoon maritime breeze.
The St. George roots were grafted with the Dijon 115 clone, a Joseph Swan field selection and UCD Clone 12. The vines were planted between 1993 and 1998, cordon trained and spur pruned. Average production is approximately 2 tons per acre and harvest is usually between August 25 and September 1.
In 2013, bud break in the Pinot Noir Blocks occurred on March 26th. Bloom was completed by May 10. Harvest was August 30th, with an average yield of 1.95 tons per acre. Alcoholic fermentation was completed in approximately one week using natural yeasts. At dryness, the wine was pressed and put into barrels for malolactic fermentation. Aging was 11 months in 100% French oak barrels, approximately 50% of which were new.
Ruby-garnet in color, translucent. Soft, spicy aromas of tobacco, tea and sour cherry. Delicate fruit echoes these same elements, with sweet-sour cherries and spice on the palate. Good, firm, fine-grained tannins. Dishes with fresh herbs and mushrooms, like a pinot-braised chicken with mushrooms and basil, a wild mushroom pizza, or risotto with duck or duck confit would be lovely with this wine.