2019 Pinot Noir, Duvarita 750ML
Duvarita Vineyard, just west of the Santa Rita Hills appellation lies on south-facing slopes of almost pure sand. The grapes here are farmed biodynamically by the friendly, dedicated, obsessive Brook Williams. The low vigor soils, very careful irrigation, small canopy, and a low fruit zone combine to make this one of the lowest yielding and earliest ripening vineyards we farm. The small clusters here give wines that are lean and elegant, with terrific intensity, minerality and a remarkable depth of flavor even at lower alcohol levels.
2019 was a difficult vintage at Duvarita, but the small amount of wine made was of very high quality. Yields were very small, as cool weather at bloom meant uneven set. The cool year was terrific though as the grapes retained great acidity as they slowly ripened. As August heated up the grapes obtained full maturity, though we did have to drop uneven and imperfect clusters, further lowering yields. That said, the grapes that were picked made a delightful wine, one of concentration, but also elegance, with plenty of material and structure for aging. The wine was aged on its lees for 16 months in French oak barrels (15% new) and bottled without filtration.
Extremely Limited. Only 180 cases produced.