Closest to the ocean, the Litoral vineyard is characterized by calcareous soil facing the ocean. The cool and quite windy climate imparts high tannin maturity and exceptional fruit character.
Moderately dark color with a bright red rim (bodes well for aging). Aromas of cherry and red berry with hints of cool climate cranberry framed in wisps of smoky peat hearth fire. Flavors are bright, with firm acid structure supporting the same fruit tones perceptible in the aroma—very persistent! Finish lingers with long, late acid backbone carrying the red berry late into the aftertaste.
"The red wines begin with the 2006 Pinot Noir Litoral Vineyard. Medium ruby-colored, it shows off an enticing bouquet of smoke, mocha, black cherry, and black raspberry. On the palate it has superb depth and grip, complexity, a velvety texture, and an impeccable balance that suggests a long life for this first-class Pinot.
The Wine Advocate
"Deep red. Dark cherry and blackberry on the nose, with complicating notes of smoked meat and sexy oak spices.
Lush, creamy dark berry flavors are alluringly sweet and given spine by a slow-building mineral quality. The
spiciness returns on the impressively pure and persistent finish."
International Wine Cellar