At Split Rail Vineyard, a rare selection of clones known as “David Bruce Selection” lends a silky texture and floral aromas to the earthy, spicebox base of UCD clone 32 (Roederer). These heritage clones are supported by a core of Pommard clones planted in a cooler block and harvested weeks later in the already long Corralitos growing season.
Winemaker Notes: There is an intriguing minerality to this wine under the fruit core. The fruit is vibrant and fresh – strawberry and raspberry – yet there is an underlying earthiness that is unmistakably Pinot Noir. Very light in color, very nuanced. An exercise in restraint. Unfined and only coarsely filtered, it pours a very fine sediment at this young age; as Lalou Bize has said, “Sediment is the food of great Burgundy.” This wine is vibrant now, but will gain complexity and depth with patience. Drink now through 2020.
94 Points, Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast
“I’ve tasted about 700 wines for Wine Enthusiast from the 2012 vintage… a few early Pinots show the vast promise of the vintage. Sante Arcangeli made a 2012 Split Rail Vineyard, from the Santa Cruz Mountains, that knocked my sox off.”
“With a pale color and mouthwatering acidity, this delicately structured Pinot goes well beyond its immediate flavors of raspberry tea, pomegranates, persimmons, orange peel, exotic spices and oak to offer a Burgundian touch of earth and mushrooms. There’s also a firm, stony minerality on the palate. This gorgeous Pinot was produced in tiny quantities of 300 cases and will drink well over the next six years. Editors’ Choice. —S.H”
-Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
Hand harvested 9/21 and 10/7 at 23 – 25 brix and fermented 10% whole cluster.
Aged on the lees 10 months in French (90%) and Hungarian (10%) oak, 50% new and 50% a mix of once and twice-used barrels. Coopers: Mistral, Ermitage, Francois Freres, Claude Gillet, Seguin Moreau, Rousseau, Taransaud.
Yeast: Native, AMH.
245 cases produced.