2018 Pinot Noir "Les Enfants des Nuages" Santa Cruz Mountains
This Pinot Noir comes from Toyon Vineyard on the Santa Cruz Mountains’ southwestern slope. At 400 ft of elevation and only 3 miles from the ocean this vineyard is largely impacted by cool temperatures and cloud coverage. The vineyard is planted on Purisima formation which includes sandstone, siltstone and mudstone. We farm this vineyard 100% organically with the goal of converting to biodynamics. A melange of various clones, this cuvée fermented as 100% whole clusters, outside, in the vineyard. Because 2018 was an incredibly cold vintage in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this ferment stayed below 55 degrees for 8 days until the sun finally came out and warmed the fermentor. The fermentation occurred spontaneously and naturally for 21 days in the vineyard and was then transported to the winery for pressing. Elevage occurred in neutral 228L oak barrels with bi-monthly battonage. Not only did the grapes experience a cool vintage but so did the fermentation and thus we named it “Les Enfants des Nuages” which translates to the children of the clouds. I hope you enjoy it.