2015 Perch Estate Pinot Noir
The Vintage: After a wet and cold winter and a long cool spring in 2017, we couldn't be happier with what we are seeing with the fruit from this year's crop. Although the yields are a little light, the fruit is beautiful. This is reminiscent of the current release. Indeed, the yields in 2015 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. 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, fresh Chardonnay due to more intense flavors concentrated in the juice and an increase in skin contact. The benefits of this combination are exciting! While the wines are showing beautifully now, they will be even richer and more elegant as they mellow in the months and years to come. 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.
Production: 3 barrels
The site: Organically Farmed on a tiny parcel on the southwestern corner of the vineyard, the vines cling to the edge of a dramatic 600’ windswept cliff. Single vineyard, single block, single clone (2A), this special cuvée is planted on Linne clay loam soils, This wine defies its rugged existence with a feminine purity, elegance and minerality.
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. Small, dark, powerful clusters. No acidification. No chaptalization.
Vinous Review: 95 points
The 2015 Perch opens with striking aromatics. Perfumed and textured and yet, also, remarkably polished for such an intense, ripe wine, the 2015 has it all. Readers who can find the 2015 should not hesitate, as it is a total knock out. The Perch captures the intensity of this site and year, but with tons of supporting minerality, giving the wine its feel and overall shape. Ideal drinking window: 2018-2025 ~Antonio Galloni