The SWK Vineyard is our coolest, most marginal vineyard site. Each year it struggles to set a good crop, and typically produces loose clusters with a high percentage of “hens and chicks.” These unusually small clusters have a high skin-to-juice ratio and typically produce one of our most intense and concentrated wines. The SWK Vineyard wine features sweet red berry aromas, and is the most intensely savory and mineral-driven wine we make.
During fermentation, the SWK Vineyard fruit receives our most gentle extraction. Punchdowns are kept to a minimum and are used only to distribute the heat of fermentation, not to extract. Recently we have begun fermenting the SWK fruit with more whole clusters and are pleased with the results. Besides the vivid red fruit aromas they produce, the whole clusters also seem to bring out more of the savory and soil-influenced qualities of this site.
2018 SWK VINEYARD
High-toned and heady all at once. A bouquet of red and black fruits is layered with fresh thyme, crushed stone, sea water. Savory as well as floral, equally red and black fruited, the wine is totally harmonious. Expresses a tremendous depth of flavor that is more linear than rounded. Nervy, chiseled, and tightly-wound – no other Occidental pinot noir is so salty and mineral-rich in character. Well-defined flavors of tiny alpine strawberries, violets, red currants. Finishes long and hauntingly persistent.