The fourth year of drought presented its challenges in the Freestone Hill vineyard, located in the cool mountain margin of the Pacific Ocean and even further west than the old lumber town of Occidental. That terroir is one of the most extreme wine- grape regions of Northern California. Cold weather, mornings full of fog, wine and steep hillsides without much footing for vine roots to anchor themselves to. It's perfect for Pinot. Weighing in at a minuscule 0.7 tons to the acre (a third of normal yields) this wine is concentrated and compact for the varietal. With notes of strawberry, red cherry, and tea, supported by a kiss of barrel toast, this will be a 15+ Pinot without question.
Hailing from primarily century old vines off two cherised vineyard sites in both Calistoga and St. Helena, our 'Old Vine' Zinfandel expresses layer upon layer of blackberry jam preserves, strawberry compote and a touch of black pepper. This Zin sings on the palate with more expressive dark fruit and a nice touch of tannin from the small addition of Petite Sirah. The finish stretches very nicely for this varietal in somewhat of a short growing season. A wine that pairs with more than it doesn't, drink now and over the course of the next 10 years.