2005 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir

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.

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.

 

Tasting Notes:

Deep red color. Aromas of black pepper, roasted nuts, cherries, and strawberry blend this classic Pinot. While these notes carry perfectly into the palate, the wine is balanced with supple tannins and crisp acidity. While the finish is lean now, I expect it to develop complexity over the next 5 years. Drink now through 2012.