SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN VINEYARD BAILEY'S BRANCIFORTE RIDGE PINOT NOIR
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Vineyard: Bailey’s Branciforte Ridge Vineyard
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Wine: 100% Pinot Noir - Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 406 cases
French, Hungarian and inert barrels for 18 months
Wine is unfined and unfiltered
This is a Pinot Noir Vineyard located in the Vine Hill area near our old Estate Winery location on Jarvis Road. It was planted in 1999 and consists of Dijon clones 667 and 115. It is meticulously tended and is a showcase vineyard for showing off Pinot Noir cultivation in the Santa Cruz Mountains at its best.
The Vineyard is at a high enough elevation (around 1,200 feet) to be out of the fog on most days but is low enough to have very cool nights from the Pacific Ocean. These conditions produce a very intense wine with great depth of flavors and the ability to age beautifully for at least two decades from the vintage.
Our 2013 has incredible depth and density compared to Pinot Noirs from other regions. There is a very rich and deep fruit component along with a lot of the earth and spice of the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation Pinots. This wine is big and powerful but it also has elegance and complexity in its youth that comes from a perfectly farmed vineyard.
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast