The Bottoms is back! In 2011, a mischievous family of deer found their way into the vineyard during the spring, and had their own “all you can eat” salad of bar grape shoots and leaves all to themselves. Needless to say the 2011 crop was non-existent. In 2012 we turned that frown upside-down and had a glorious harvest.
This organically farmed site located on top of the Harrison grade between Occidental and Graton is a uniquely planted site. The vines are planted in a meter-by-meter layout (planted by Paul Sloan of Small Vines Viticulture.) This philosophy is that it will create more vine competition, reduce vigor & yields and steer the roots downward deep in to the soils for water. We have been working with this site since 2005. It has been awesome to witness the maturing of the vines and the resulting wines. The 2012 is a lovely & lively old school Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Flavors of cherry, Indian spices, forest floor and cola highlight this clean, bright wine. The whole clusters in the ferment add backbone and a touch of exotic spice to the aromatics. 13.3% alc., 33% Whole cluster, 25% new oak.