David Bruce clone lends a silky texture and floral aromas to the earthy, spicebox base of Champagne/UCD clone 32 and Dijon clone 115. A totally unique California Pinot Noir with a rare mix of clones, made in a more Burgundian style: lighter-colored, delicate, nuanced and layered with very distinctive vibrant aromas of ripe bing cherry, rose petal, plumeria and baking spice that jump out of the glass, with deeply earthy redwood bark and cinnamon undertones. Crisp, clear and spicy on the palate, yet wrapped in silk. One longtime pinot noir grower has characterized it as “Spectacular! a 99! a sure winner! My palate tasted pure velvet, Pinot magic!”
This wine bears the designation “Selezione Susie” in memory of our late friend Susie Abma, because winemaker John Benedetti has declared it the standout of the 2010 vintage.