Scribe Pinot Noir XV. I.M.M. 2021, Carneros, California

Farmed from three vineyards across the Carneros AVA, the fruit for the Carneros Pinot Noir is a blend of equal parts clones 777.115 and Pommard. Two of the vineyards, Sandbach and El Novillero, are both within a 5 mile radius of the Scribe estate and rest on similar Huichica soils. The third, Reinke vineyard, lies a little further east on Bressa-Dibble clay loam. All three vineyards benefit from the cooling influence from the winds of the San Pablo bay and slow, even ripening. 2021 Meteorological date: A dry winter with below-average rainfall and a cool start to spring kept the vines dormant late into March. The spring months stayed dry and cool, slowing shoot growth and contributing to low yields and small berries. Once under full canopy later in the season, the fruit developed evenly with concentrated flavor, color and texture. Harvest began on August 13th with favorable, temperate weather throughout the picking season.