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Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Carneros
Winemaker Jon Priest

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.

92 Points, The Wine Advocate

"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Temblor Vineyard is youthfully reticent at this early stage, with delicate suggestions of dusty earth, cardamom and dried thyme over a core of Bing cherries, pomegranate and cranberries with a waft of tree bark. Medium-bodied, the palate is laden with earthy/savory flavor layers with a structure of chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with some Indian spice notes coming through." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

Vintage Notes

After three years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage brought low, but outstanding yields. A mild spring and summer with almost no rain allowed the fruit to ripen at a very steady and deliberate pace, and picking began a few days earlier than 2014. The drier-than-normal conditions and abundant sunshine contributed to the smaller berry size and low yields, resulting in wines with excellent concentration, color and flavor.
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