Owned by husband and wife Kathy and Steven Conwill this is a beautiful bowl of a vineyard tucked in next to Foothill Farms and Resonance Vineyard in Carlton. The intensity of this site is the result of the field blend of each of the clones of Pinot noir planted here. Steve Conwill assists during harvest so that he will be able to makes wine under his own label one day.
Wine Advocate Review
92 Points – McDonald’s merely 12% alcohol 2011 Pinot Noir Yates Conwill delivers juicy, invigoratingly tart and seedy red currant that acquire smoky and stony nuances as well as an underlying marrowy richness of meat stock on a polished and buoyant palate. All of this leads to a persistently vibrant finish. Alluring and intriguing notes of iris, ginseng and hibiscus are reinforced on airing; and the fine-grained tannins here add to the sense of palate stimulation without engendering any sense of opacity or getting in the way of fruit generosity. Incidentally, unlike the other vineyards from which McDonald sources – whose fruit he vinifies in diminutive batches by individual block – the strategy that has evolved with Yates Conwill is to intentionally mingle fruit from a range of microclimates and vine selections. Look for excitement through at least 2022. – David Schildknecht