2013 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir
The 2013 vintage was another great one at Devil’s Gulch, giving us a nearly reasonable crop (by Devil’s Gulch standards) of 1.39 tons per acre. The larger crop and warm year gives us an extra bit of juice in the tiny berries to balance out the skin and seed ratio that’s always high here. As usual, this was our last pinot vineyard harvested when we brought in the diminutive clusters during three picks on October 8, 9 and 10. The first look at the dark ruby wine in the glass tells you this will be a packed wine. This was evident from the start when the wine was in fermenter and picked up color and flavor so quickly. The nose greets you with its signature woodsy notes, backing up wild blackberry and bramble. The wine is particularly lush this vintage, with the sweet dark berry compote flavors accented by rhubarb pie, surrounded by chewy but well resolved tannins. As the rich finish continues on, the berries and redwood brush linger decadently until your next sip. Prove Mark’s “what grows together goes together” saying true by trying this with some of the meats from Devil’s Gulch, or your own local quail, rabbit or lamb on the barbeque. 347 cases produced.
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