2008 Sleepy Hollow Vineyards Pinot Noir

The deep roots of these old vines add layers of minerality and complexity from the sparse gravelly loam soils. The Sleepy Hollow Vineyard’s unique terroir features rich, dark plum fruit characteristics and spiciness that dominate this luscious Pinot.The Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, planted in 1973 in what is now known as the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation of Monterey County boasts some of the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in North America. The gentle east-facing slope of the vineyard is covered with Pacific Ocean fog every morning,leading to a very long growing season. Owned by Robert Talbott, these low yielding vines receive exceptional care. While most of the state was battling spring frosts, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, with its hill-side location, avoided the frost as the cold air traveled down the hill and settled to the valley floor. This cool weather just before berry ripening allowed the clusters to ripen evenly and achieve the “hang-time” necessary for the beautifully balanced characters that Sleepy Hollow produces every year.

 

 

 

TASTING NOTES:

Brilliant red hue. Notes of cherry, raspberry, orange-blossoms, cloves, and black pepper are evident upon aeration. These aromas flow on through to the palate, combining with hints of strawberries. Ample acidity and lush, silky tannins lead to wonderful accessibility immediately and opportunity for extended enjoyment. This wine ends on a high note with  juicy, delicate, and lingering sensations. Drink now through
2016