This edition features the vaunted "Dijon 667" clone, which is widely planted in California and a particular favorite here in Carneros. The pure fruit expression of this clone is one of its undeniable hallmarks, and in this example showcases a mixture of red and black berries, and a burst of spicy boysenberry.
With respect to tannin, the 2016 vintage merges the firmness of the 2013 with the juicy nature of 2015. This is a pinot noir with dark black and blue fruits, but critically buoyed with bright acidity which keeps the wine perched up on its toes. With more time in the glass the nose opens up with recollections of a coastal redwood forest understory featuring moist ferns, turned earth and tree bark. The palate offers ripe plum, wild berries, delicate cigar spice, and carob nibs. The final blend enjoyed fifteen months of barrel age (41% new) from our favorite French coopers.
We call it “Le Ciel Serein” and it just might be the most picturesque ranch in Carneros. This site was selected for its rolling hills, diverse exposure, and exceptional soils. Developed between 2002 and 2004 it has been carefully planted to a wide variety of pinot noir clones. Year after year it has proven itself by consistently delivering lush, aromatic, and exciting pinot noir.
This edition features the vaunted “Dijon 667” clone (72%) which is widely planted in California and a particular favorite here in Carneros. The pure fruit expression of this clone is one of its undeniable hallmarks, and in this example showcases a mixture of red and black berries, and a burst of spicy Boysenberry. Three other selections complete the blend, the “Pommard UCD-5” (9%), “Dijon 115” (6%), and “Dijon 777” (5%). The resulting blend presents a complex array of fruit and spice accented with silky soft tannins.