2013 Morrito Pinot Noir
This dark garnet wine opens with deep aromas of toasted cinnamon, clove and allspice interlaced with fresh picked raspberry, candied cherry and a hint of dried ginger. The palate is intense with crushed cranberry, red cherry, firm tannins and a strong acidic backbone. Built to age, this wine would be best enjoyed between 2017 and 2025, but if you find you can’t wait to try it, we recommend decanting first.
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now contains 80 acres planted to 5 varieties and 25 clonal selections. The nearby Pacific ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcareous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors.
2013 started with a dry winter resulting in only 8.5 inches of rain. A warm February initiated an early budbreak and continuous warmer than average temperatures culminated in an early Harvest. Dry and consistently warm temperatures throughout summer and fall allowed grapes to hang until optimum ripeness. Overall, this was a stunning vintage with excellent balance.
The Morrito bottling is a barrel selection of the best Pinot Noir at Chamisal. Harvested in the early morning from Morrito Hill, these small lots are fermented separately in small open-top fermenters. A pre-fermentation cold soak of three days was used to increase color and density. Fermentation was achieved using a combination of both native and cultured yeasts with low fermentation temperatures, giving soft phenolics and fresh aromatics. Minimal pump-overs prevent extracting harsh tannins and bitterness from what we consider some of the most concentrated fruit on our ranch.
Comprised of Clones 828, 2A and Archery Summit, this wine is more about expression of the site than the clones. Morrito is a small hill situated right behind the winery. The vineyard site has gravelly soils of Chamise Shaley Loam. These soils are very free draining and calcareous, creating low yields and intensely concentrated wines.