2019 Boars' View Pinot Noir
Vivacious and exotic, this bold Pinot Noir expresses the best attributes of its coastal, rugged hillside vineyard location. The wine displays a brilliant purple hue in the glass. A crescendo of aromas suggest notes of clove, black licorice, cranberry skin, and mint oil. The silky palate is layered with complex notes of spice-dusted bramble fruit, lavender, kirsch, star anise, and plum reduction. With a mouth-watering acid framework and exotic spice lingering through the long finish, this vintage has all the best qualities this site provides.— Thomas Rivers Brown, Winemaker
The 2019 growing season gave Thomas and his team an exciting ride with heavier than normal winter rains followed by a cool spring and a late start to bloom. Summer heated up and we enjoyed a long string of warm days without significant heat spikes. The morning fog preserved the natural acidity and we were able to harvest at our leisure perfectly ripened clusters.
Boars' View Vineyard is located two ridgelines in from the Pacific coastline where the microclimate ideally balances the cooler morning marine influences with warmer midday and afternoon temperatures. The site was developed by legendary vineyard manager Ulises Valdez Sr. working hand-in-hand with brilliant winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. After extensive soil assessment, the duo determined California heritage clones would thrive in the warmer region and planted Calera, Mt. Eden and Swan clones in the predominantly Goldridge loam soil of the mid-saddle and lower sections. Atop the hill, the silty clay soil was selected for growing Chardonnay, and Wente clone was planted. Valdez & Sons continues to meticulously tend our vines and each year brings forward the finest crop from which Thomas and his team are able to handcraft the most expressive wines possible.