A magnificent aromatic blend of blackberry pie and candied cherry swirl amongst layers of nutmeg and cranberry in this deep ruby wine. With plenty of classic “Chamisal” spice, the 2014 Califa Pinot Noir exhibits a complex and powerful palate with a deep balance of macerated fruit and toasted oak. Firm tannins provide a robust structure that last throughout the graceful, lingering finish.
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.
2014 began with a very warm, dry winter, leading to an early bud break in mid-February. A warm spring and summer combined to give us our earliest harvest ever, which is beneficial for this style of wine because of the acidity retention. Furthermore, a lack of heat spikes allowed us to pick the grapes at peak maturity, resulting in a beautiful Pinot Noir.
From our ten clones and 28 lots of Pinot Noir, we selected four for this wine. After meticulous hand sorting, the grapes were predominantly destemmed with a small percentage left whole cluster. Each pick was fermented separately in small opentop fermentors. A pre-fermentation cold soak of three to seven 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
over a total time of 10-14 days. The wines were then racked to French oak barrels for seven months before
blending and an additional four months in the barrel.
Most of this blend comes from the furthest southeast part of the Morrito Hill. The Moritto Hill shaley loam and southern exposure of this block creates one of the most interesting sites on our estate for growing Pinot Noir. The other 40% of this blend comes from our clone 113 hillside picks, which our some of the first picks on the estate and always showing great concentration and richness.