Sea stacks are geological formations created over eons by wind and waves. Sea Stack is a blend of Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Monterey and Sonoma Counties where these tall sea stacks stand sentinel at the edge of the ocean.
Head Winemaker: Alison Crowe
Appellation: 100% California
We handcrafted this Pinot Noir to represent the grapes grown in California with a true reflection of the three distinctive Pinot Noir growing regions. This elegant Pinot Noir has aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, strawberry and a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich and complex with a lengthy, smooth finish.
The grapes were hand-picked at night and in the early morning and taken to the winery to get 100% destemmed. After a brief cold soak, they were fermented in small vats, maximizing temperature at 85 degrees F. After being gently pressed, the lots went through 100% malolactic fermentation before aging in French oak and American oak for 16 months. A mixture of light and medium + toast contributed body, richness and finesse to this elegant wine.
This wine was sourced from our vineyards in Monterey, Sonoma and Santa Barbara Counties. From the steep slopes of Carmel Valley to the rolling hills of Salinas Valley, Monterey has cool coastal fog allowing grapes to be intense and flavorful. The fog of the Santa Lucia Highlands gives the wine freshness while the Santa Barbara hill vineyard blocks provide a balancing ripeness and roundness. Sonoma County, where warm sunny days are moderated by cooling maritime influences adds fruit and density. Rolling hills, sandy, well-drained soils and careful vineyard site selection mean that we get a great mix of ripeness, flavor and acid retention. The range of vineyards and growing areas creates a Pinot Noir that is complex yet approachable and luscious on the palate.