Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
On the nose, suggestions of wild strawberry and pomegranate gradually open up to reveal hints of rose petal, red currant, and black peppercorn. The velvety tannins and lively acidity provide a structure both balanced and elegant. The silky texture and rich mouthfeel bestow a concentrated core of ripe berries with traces of sweet mushroom and dried herbs.
A renowned source of wine grapes since the late 1800s, the Santa Cruz Mountains region is one of the first AVAs to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The official appellation lies mostly within Santa Cruz County, but also extends into parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation: down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.