The Temblor Vineyard located in Etude Estate Vineyards, Grace Benoist Ranch. This particular site is on a gradual slope that faces east. The soils here are very well-drained, with tightly packed volcanic boulders and cobbles braided throughout – a result of the Rodgers Creek Fault line which is adjacent to the vineyard. This site is directly influenced by the Petaluma Gap, causing the fog to develop early and recede late in the day.
Expressive of the signature quality fruit of Grace Benoist Ranch, our 2014 Temblor Pinot Noir radiates a deeply pitched aromatics of raspberry and bing cherry confiture with harmonious undertones of cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. On the palate, the fruit expression is vibrant and lifted with wonderful acidity. Upon release, this wine is just beginning to open up and promises to age gracefully.
487 cases produced.
Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012. The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early bud break and veraison, harvest was unusually early in 2014.