Hillcrest “Day One”
2019 may stand out as one of the more exceptional vintages in recent memory. Cooler temperatures and stable weather for most of the growing season allowed for slow maturation of flavors without any heat events spiking sugar accumulation in the berries. Although 2019 also saw the devastating Kincade fire in Sonoma County, Pinot Noir and most Chardonnays in the county were harvested by then, so the smoke did not affect the grapes. Overall, look for wines with slightly lower alcohol, higher but integrated acids, and a depth of flavor that you would probably have to go back several vintages to find an equal.
The Hillcrest Vineyard: where Senses started from day one. We decided that moving forward this wine deserved a special designation. After much thought (and wine) it was clear. “Day One” was the perfect fit. Hillcrest is where the three of us rolled up our sleeves, hand farmed and harvested the entire vineyard and created our very first vintage of Senses Pinot Noir.
“Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Day One has a very pretty nose of red roses and lavender over a core of crushed red cherries, raspberries and wild thyme with a waft of dusty soil. Medium-bodied with a very ripe, fine-grained frame and seamless freshness lifting the layered floral and red berry flavors, it finishes wonderfully fragrant.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 93+ points