AWAY PINOT NOIRS
We produce three Pinot Noirs from two vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation and two vineyards in the Sonoma Coast Appellation. In each vineyard we have specific rows that are dedicated to Black Kite Cellars and farmed to our specifications.
Santa Lucia Highlands
Since the 2010 vintage we have produced a Pinot Noir from three rows of vines in the Soberanes Vineyard planted with the Pisoni clone. The Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir is a rich dark fruit Pinot Noir with a typical earthy palate and lingering, elegant finish. We produce between 250 and 500 cases a year depending on what Mother Nature provides.
In 2016 we will introduce our first Pinot Noir from the Sierra Mar Vineyard, from the 2014 vintage. This is a higher elevation Santa Lucia Highlands vineyard compared to the Soberanes Vineyard, and also uses the Pisoni clone. We are excited to see what this well-respected vineyard yields for us. We produce 100 to 150 cases of this wine a year.
Our Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir is one of our newer wines, with 2013 as our first vintage. This large vineyard is at the base of Sonoma Moutain, and is part of the proposed Petaluma Gap appellation, as suggested by its name. We have 23 rows at the end of Block 2B, which are planted with the Dijon 777 clone. Our first vintage, 2013, yielded a Pinot Noir stunning in its generous and mouthfilling nature upon entry, flavors of black cherry, sweet vanilla and cranbery, and a velvety, lingering finish. We produce approximately 250 cases a year.
Our Sonoma Coast appellation wine comes from the Glass House Vineyard near Stage Gulch Road in southern Sonoma County. This vineyard is close to the proposed Petaluma Gap appellation, and is exposed to the afternoon winds that are a signature feature of that appellation. The wine comes from three rows planted with three Dijon clones, 115, 767 and 777. This Pinot Noir is often our most floral offering, with delicate high-toned fruit and great acidity reflective of the Dijon clones and this coal-climate coastal site. We produce approximately 250 cases annually from this vineyard.