Our Tula Vista vineyard is located just west of the Donum Estate on Ramal road, a few short miles from the Château. We purchased this 70 acre site in 2012. In early 2014 we finished re-establishing the vineyard by planting 29 acres of Chardonnay and 22 acres of Pinot Noir. This site of rolling hills and clay loam soil perched right on the edge of the San Pablo Bay is exposed to tremendous wind and fog, and is guaranteed to offer us an exciting new element of Carneros terroir. This 2021 vintage is the second Pinot Noir release from this vineyard.
On the nose presents notes of red and black cherry, sassafras, orange peel, and new leather, balanced by a warm, toasty note from the extended barrel aging. On the palate, a delightful, juicy entry punctuated by baked cherry, plum, and black tea leads to a long, polished finish. This wine has a velvety texture and is enjoyable to drink now, and will also reward those who wait.
The 2021 growing season commenced with an early bud break followed by unseasonably cool spring and early summer temperatures, which helped preserve vineyard health as we entered a second year of drought conditions. Summer temperatures were moderated by the marine layer which allowed the grapes to mature slowly and consistently and resulted in wonderful depth of flavor and concentration in the generous harvest.
15 Months Barrel Aged in French oak, 48% new. Clones: 50% Dijon 943, 50% Dijon 115
Food Pairing Notes
This is a superior wine for pairing with food, with its versatile flavor profile. It is particularly well suited to dishes with mushrooms or meats, and is a great selection for a holiday table.