2014 Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir
2014 was a year where the California drought entered its third year and affected vineyards in different ways. At Peterson Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the deer who live nearby didn't have enough of their normal diet, because of the lack of water, so they invaded the block closest to the Salinas River. This is the clone 115 section of Peterson, and the deer found plenty of healthy shoots on these vines. What was good for the deer meant quite a bit less fruit for Peterson. 2014's crop ended up being down 60% from 2012 and 2013, but the quality of the vintage was just as high.
We harvested three clones from Peterson in 2014, Dijon 115 and 777 as well as some Pommard. All three are represented in our 2014 Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir. The very fragrant, spicy nose is typical of this site, along with the delicate palate filled with savory and earthy flavors. There's also a toastiness to our 2014 Peterson which resulted from the high percentage of new oak we aged this wine in. The oak will integrate into the wine over the next several years, and we recommend a drinking window of 2017 through 2023.
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Harvest Date 9-18 through 9-23-14
Aging 11 months in 67% new French oak
Fermentation 100% destemmed
Bottling Date 7-18-15
Alcohol % 14.4
Production Notes 146 cases produced