2013 Waxwing Spring Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

2013 Waxwing Spring Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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2013 Waxwing Spring Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (Petaluma Gap)

Appearance: dark / translucent ruby
Aroma: plum / elderberry / herbal cherry
Palette: red cherry / earthy / raspberry
Acid:  solid 
Body: med / mild tannins 
Alcohol: 13.4%
Age-ability: 5 to 10 years, easy
Production: 208 cases

Spring Hill Vineyard/Sonoma Coast/Petaluma Gap

Native Yeast Fermentation and Low Sulfur

Spring Hill Vineyard/Sonoma Coast/Petaluma Gap
2010 was our first vintage working with Karen and Chris London of
Spring Hill Ranch and Vineyard.  Their vineyard is a west-facing hillside,
sandy loam site tucked between Petaluma and the northern tip of Point
Reyes.  Right in the center of the Petalum Gap, it is cool and windy
during the growing season.  It is so windy, the Londons have found that
leaf pulling in the fruit zone isn't necessary; the wind shreds the
canopy enough to get dappled light on the fruit.  On a perfect day (for
growing Pinot Noir) the temperature reaches the high 70s or low 80s
with fog at night.  There are currently 20 acres planted with Swan, 115,
Pommard, 2A, 667, 777, Calera clones.  The vines were planted in 2001,
2002 and 2003.  The Londons run Scottish Highland Beef cattle on their
adjacent acreage and farm the grapes primarily by themselves
composting and hand-pulling weeds.

Awards

Pinot Report 92 points: Medium ruby color; earthy wild cherry aromas with herbal notes; round and precise cherry and black raspberry flavors with fine tannins; good structure and balance; long finish. Firm and earthy Pinot with complex aroma and flavors.

Wine Enthusiast 91 points: From the cooler reaches of the Petaluma Gap, a sub-area of the larger Sonoma Coast that is awaiting its own appellation status, this Pinot was made with 25% whole-cluster berries, giving it a rough-hewn, earthy edginess that's appealing in the glass. Tightly wound cherry and cranberry complete the picture, with a taste of dried herb and black tea on the lengthy finish.

SRP: $39 Bottle /  $468 Case