The wine is a gorgeous pale red hue and needs twenty minutes of air, after which a fragrance of sweet roses and rose hips mingles with loamy red fruits. The body has racy acidity and cranberry sweetness, with a sharp rhubarb mid-note and a finish like a blazing comet tail. The fruit hails from a gravelly clay loam vineyard planted in 1975 to Martini selection Pinot Noir and Wente Clone Chardonnay. The cooling fog that drifts up the Petaluma Gap blankets this vineyard from dusk through mid-morning, begetting slow ripening. The result is a vibrant but earthy wine, clear-eyed and serious.
14.3% abv | $65 (sample)