2014 Perch Estate Pinot Noir
The Vintage: The 2014 vintage has its own signature, perhaps from the vines enduring the 2nd full year of severe drought. The benefits of training the vines to go deep (with low-irrigation) and regular application of thick blankets of mulch (to hold in moisture), have definitely assisted in lowering the stress on the vines. Overall, the yields were actually higher than usual for most of the region, including Wenzlau Vineyard. Perhaps it was some panic or stress in the vines (from the ongoing drought) that caused the higher production in even our pruned-to-extra-low-yield vines. The winter of 2014 was mild and dry and bud break came a few weeks early, and so, in turn, did harvest. The result for this vintage is very fresh, mineral, deeply soulful, and pure juice. These wines really convey all the attributes so special and unique to this place; precision, clarity, and power all framed with a strong sense of the nearby ocean.
The site: Organically Farmed Harvested 9/14/14
Single vineyard, single block, single clone (2A), this special cuvee is planted on Linne clay loam soils, on the southernmost part of the vineyard perched on the edge of a dramatic 600’ windswept cliff. This wine defies its rugged existence with a feminine purity, elegance and minerality. Production: 4 barrels
Winemaking: After 14 days of fermentation, the grapes were pressed to barrel. The wine saw about 40% new French oak, racked off lees after 14 months in barrel, blended, and back down to barrel for an additional 4 months of cellaring before being bottled and put to sleep for 6 months. 50% stem inclusion. No acidification. No chaptalization.
Vinous Review: The 2014 Pinot Noir - Perch is a new wine made from a tiny parcel on the property planted on poorer soils, which gives the wine its distinctly mineral-driven, saline personality. Brisk and salivating to the core, the Perch offers striking balance and enough complexity to continue to evolve well for at least a handful of years. The 50% whole clusters are very nicely integrated. Antonio Galloni