97 cases produced


T his vintage follows nicely with the continuation of my Classic Cuvée I style with the great aroma of dusty concrete with a bowl of cherries in the background, as if you were eating a bowl of cherries while someone was cutting concrete nearby. Texturally there is a bit of initial astringency followed by those sour red and then sweet black cherries. This wine wakes up the palate with its bright acidity as the old vine Wind Hill Vineyard dominates the blend. No blackberries at all but definitely black raspberries with the intense tartness. This is beautiful cherries and dust. The Cuvee I is the long-term ager. Cellar this young puppy. With time and air lots of black cherry skin flavors, not plum skins, emerge. Longer finish of flavors with licorice and cardamom.

December 2016

91 points. Light brilliant red. Fresh red berries, cherry pit and a hint of blood orange on the incisive, spice-accented nose. Juicy and light on its feet, offering bitter cherry and red currant flavors that flesh out and become sweeter as the wine opens up. Shows the energy of the vintage and finishes long and subtly smoky, with dusty tannins coming in late to add grip. – Josh Raynolds

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Review
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The 2013 Pinot Noir I is a selection of barrels that winemaker Jay MacDonald believes shows more depth than others. It had a clean, raspberry leaf and cranberry-scented nose, more undergrowth scents than the “E” cuvée, a hint of wet tobacco in the background. The palate is well balanced with supple tannin, tart red cherry fruit with just a splash of balsamic, leading to a well-defined, lightly spiced finish. Enjoy over the next 5-6 years. – Neal Martin

Tasting Team Note:

Cuvee I Pinot noir 2013

Color darker but with PURE quality, Aromatics: more dried cherry and sous bois, (forest floor) with meatiness. Nose is in BLACK fruit spectrum, black raspberry and sandalwood, incense and licorice. Berry compote. Undertone of cedar and oak. A go-getter kind of wine.

Strong, submissive and silent. Bolder wine than Cuvee E with a smoother mid-palate and finish, essence of tart berry. Floral aroma, smoother profile than E, not spiky like E. Lot more spice and black fruited, some herbaciousness, good balance, on the palate, more acidity and sharper, tart, dusty tannins.

Entry/Texture: a bit more acid and tannin show through over the Cuvee E. A subtle hint of cherries, more ameobishi style: salted preserved plum. Mouth feel/Texture: too much tannin, almost chalky, Finish: tight finish.

Laboratory Results 2013 Vintage

titratable acidity 6.1 g/L
pH 3.66
volatile acidity (acetic) 0.59 g/L
ethanol at 60F 12.66% vol