2007 Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir
Ken and I recognized the potential of this Westside Road property from the first vintage of wine we made in 2004. When additional fruit became available from new acreage in 2005, we jumped at the chance to expand our small production. Eventually the owners, Phil and Toby Flax, offered us a long-term lease on the vineyard; it was a thrill to accept. We are now dedicated to revealing its core personality through careful husbandry.
This year’s luscious offering enthusiastically displays its Pommard clonal heritage with a deep ruby color and rich, ripe, dark cherry aroma. Scents of licorice, wildflowers, sassafras and exotic cardamom add depth, expanding the wine’s allure. Lively, forward fruit carries through on the palate, producing a Pinot that is bold and juicy with firm tannins and bright acidity. There is a subtle undercurrent of intensity building in this wine, as if it’s just waiting to unleash its power.
"Lively, still nascent aromas of black cherry and wild flowers are enhanced by background notes of creamy oak and lightly spicy notes. Full and finely balanced on the palate with acidity that adds a bracing note to its flavors, this one joins its peers in offering fine promise for future beauty." Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2010