Throughout the harvest season, we pick each block planted to Pinot Noir separately depending on its ripeness. Pali Vineyard spans 50 acres in Gypsy Canyon of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Santa Barbara County. The majority of the vineyard, about 40 acres, is planted to Pinot Noir where the vineyard’s naturally higher elevations, cool, ocean inspired climates and sandy soils produce elegant Pinot Noir grapes. On Pali Vineyard, different clones are planted and organized in different blocks, including clones 23, 2A, 777, 828 and Pommard. Each clone is hand-harvested separately and fermented and aged individually before assessed and ultimately blended together to create this perfectly balanced estate grown Pinot Noir.
In the winery, we continue to ferment each block in individual small lots and eventually age the wines separately in barrels. It most elegantly expresses the nuanced flavors of the Pinot Noir grape and the land they come from–a gentle, southeast facing slope comprising of mostly sandy soil. All grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted before fermented in small lots and aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 540 days.