2016 Pinot Noir 6x750mL
2016 U.S. Grant Pinot Noir
This was the fifth year of drought conditions and the vines output was severely limited. A persistent summertime marine layer countered the dry soil in 2016 by wetting the leaves most nights and also dampening the tightly packed clusters, keeping the grapes plump and crisp. This in turn brought about humid conditions that Botrytis cinerea thrives in and late season concern for moldy fruit compelled an early harvest. For the first year in barrel the wine lacked presence, but slowly the wine took on weight and the peppery signature of lower-ripeness came on. This vintage became a touchstone for how we understand the character of this site and are emboldened to harvest less ripe fruit earlier in the season.