Neely Spring Ridge Vineyard Hidden Block Pinot Noir 2008
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Neely Wine uses its own estate-grown grapes to make superb vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Based on the historic Spring Ridge property in Portola Valley, the winery crafts six distinct wines from six small vineyard blocks, and two blends of each varietal. Led by winemaker Shalini Sekhar and the Neely family, each hand-harvested vintage delivers an unsurpassed performance of nuance and feeling. Their goal is to gather a community around the enjoyment of every bottle.
A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA stretches from Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco, to the northern border of Monterey County. Elevations range from 800 feet to upwards of 3,000 and microclimates vary substantially depending on which side of the mountains the vineyards lie; cool ocean winds and fog play an important role here. This can be a challenging region in which to grow grapes, but it is well worth the effort. Santa Cruz Mountains wines are noted for balanced acidity levels, often showing great aging potential. Wine has been made here since the 1800s, most notably from the legendary Ridge Vineyards, whose Monte Bello vineyard garners international admiration.
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars of this region, while Merlot and Zinfandel also perform quite well. Organic and sustainable vineyard practices are becoming increasingly common.