In 2016 we again grappled with very low yields from our primary Pinot Noir source, the neighboring Ramondo Vineyard (heavy deer munching in early Spring slashed the fruiting potential). Exceptional quality did somewhat mitigate the small crop, but to achieve decent production we were forced to turn to other sources.
Fortunately, several exceptional sites administered by Greg Adams (our own vituculturalist/winemaker, and variously a farmer to the stars) became available. Together with some Ramondo lots, we rendered a blend that clearly reflects the vintage’s heights; in fact, we can say unequivocally that this is the best version of this wine that we’ve ever produced as it’s crisp, bright red and dark fruit expression, vivid acidity and layered depth. Winemaking is a craft that forever entails improvisation, and as with the best efforts from the world of jazz, some times that leads to unexpected, but deeply appreciated, distinction and excitement.