The 2017 SRH Pinot Noir combines fruit from multiple blocks and four distinct vineyards to create complexity and balance. We have always believed that blending diverse terroirs could yield a whole which would be greater than the sum of its parts. Wines form the warmer parts of the SRH would provide dramatic fruits and baking spices, wines from the cooler portions would provide, higher toned red fruits, fresh herbs, minerals and great acidity.
In 2017 the wine hailed from the remote, windswept slopes of Bentrock (45%), the sandy hillsides of John Sebastiano (27%), the steep clay slopes of Spear (18%) and the well-drained shale soils of the renowned Fiddlestix vineyard (10%). The grapes were fermented carefully in small lots (7% whole clusters) and then we aged the wines on their lees for 16 months in neutral French oak barrels before bottling.
The incredibly small yields of 2017 meant that only 300 cases of this wine were produced; less than half than planned. This wine has not yet been rated, but its predecessor, the 2016, received a great review and 93 points from Jeb Dunnuck who called it “worth seeking out and a great example of the quality coming from this producer.”