The Gabilan Mountains are a sizeable range of rugged granitic and calcareous mountains that run down the East side of the Salinas Valley. Other vineyards in these mountains have attained critical acclaim including Calera Vineyards on Mt. Harlan 3 miles to the North and Chalone 20 miles to the Southeast. After producing the exceptional 2007 Coastview Syrah, I convinced the owner to bud-over some existing Syrah vines at the base of a North-facing hill that he had trouble getting ripe to Pinot noir. We took cuttings of various Dijon-clones from the Alfaro Vineyard including 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777, plus some Pisoni selection and established them on a one+ acre block. The 2010 vintage is our second from this vineyard. We used about 10% stem inclusion with the remainder destemmed whole berry. We produced seven barrels and aged them for 16 months.
A hallmark of the 2010 vintage is the wonderful perfume that Pinot Noirs from cool sites express - and the Coastview is no exception. The wine expresses the minerality of the decomposed granite and limestone soils of the site on the nose, along with rose petal and red fruit. It is a very well structured wine built for aging with excellent body, with notes of blood orange and pomegranite along with vibrant acidity and a long silky finish. This will no doubt be a long lived wine, and while approachable in it's youth, we expect it to take anywhere from five to ten years to truly reveal what it has to offer.
169 cases produced
"Bright ruby-red. Complex, strongly scented bouquet evokes candied red and dark berry preserves, cola, incense and smoky Indian spices. Sappy, penetrating and impressively focused, showing good heft to its black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors. Aeration brings up a gentle vanilla nuance that carries through a long smoke- and spice-accented finish. This pinot's exotic character gives it surprising upfront appeal."
International Wine Cellar
"Layers of dark red fruit flesh out in the glass in the 2010 Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard. There is a mid-palate pliancy in the 2010 that is very pretty. The 2010 is a bit of a softer, rounder style than some of the other Pinots in the lineup, but it shows terrific depth from start to finish. Rating: 92+"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni