The Withers English Hill Pinot Noir
English Hill, planted in 2005, is an 8.5 acre vineyard located 9.2 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Occidental, overlooking Tomales and the Marin Coast Range. It sits at an elevation of 652 feet and is comprised of Goldridge, Sandy Loam and Steinbeck Fine Sandy Loam soils. Clones harvested include Vosne Romanee, 115, and 667. The site is turbulent and exposed, featuring cool afternoon breezes and lengthy ripening seasons.
The wine was aged in 15% new French oak barrels (Tonnelerie Remond). The remaining cooperage was 1-10 year old Francois Frères barrels. The wine was harvested by hand and fermented with 35% whole clusters and ambient yeasts at cool temperatures after a cold soak. We employed no fining or filtration, and racked only prior to bottling in September, 2016.
This distinctive wine is a hypothetical combination of Beaune and Sonoma Coast due to its clonal heritage. The earthy aromas and flavors feature dark cherry, herbs, dried Oolong tea, and cardamom spice. Its medium bodied frame is buttressed by strong acidity, giving the wine both elegance and structure that will enable it to drink beautifully when young, yet age effortlessly for a decade or more.
347 cases made