Hillcrest “Day One”
The fourth year of continuous drought caught up with many vineyards, shrinking yields in 2015 and causing water stress in many vines. Tiny clusters sometimes clocked in at 10% the weight of normal. However, the natural consequence of such a low yield is an amazing concentration of flavors.
Wow. This site is always special but 2015 brings whole new meaning to this wine. It’s one of our boldest Pinots to date with bright red fruit balanced by earth and wood spices. Incredible concentration and texture dominate the palate. Bing cherry, savory elements, a bit of strawberry and beautiful floral notes. A velvet-like smoothness takes over once it opens up, but given its boldness and concentration, this is absolutely a wine that is enjoyable now but will grow in beauty over time.