2015 Estate Release: The 2015 crop was small, both in tonnage and berry size. This creates a special opportunity for a dark and powerful Pinot Noir and bright Chardonnay due to more intense flavors in the juice and an increase in skin contact. The benefits of this combination is exciting! While the wines are showing beautifully now, they will be even richer and more elegant in the months and years to come. Indeed, the yields were significantly lower throughout the region, in some cases, by as much as half, likely in response to the 3rd straight year of severe drought. The winter of 2015 was mild and dry and bud break came a few weeks early, and so, in turn, did harvest. These wines really convey all the attributes so special and unique to this place; power and density balanced with brightness all framed with a strong sense of the nearby ocean.