2013 Monument Tree Pinot Noir 1/5L
Bearing the hallmarks of a lengthy ripening period bestowed by coastal
influences, the Monument Tree delivers deep, developed and concentrated
fruit. Like the commanding solitary redwood that towers above the
vineyard, this Pinot Noir is both singular and stunning with a round, silky
palate and a long, lingering finish.
Named for a landmark redwood tree, the Monument Tree vineyard is planted
with an eastern sloping exposure, avoiding the late afternoon sun. The
wine is a blend of clones 115, 777, 667 and 114 and soils are comprised of
decomposed sandstone and loam that are starkly expressed in the spicy fruit
The 2013 vintage offered a variety of conditions. A rather dry January gave
way to normal winter rainfall. As warmer weather arrived, bud break occurred
in early April. Following a moderate summer, the first week of September
brought very warm weather, along with a corresponding rise in sugar and
malic acid levels. We picked our fruit as quickly as possible. Our 2013 wines
display appealing texture and suppleness due to marginally higher pH levels.