"The 2014 Pinot Noir Mays Canyon looks like it will be one of the first 2014s in this range to open up, as it has both less fruit and overall structure than most of the other wines in the range. At this stage, the Mays Canyon is floral, delicate and gracious, with expressive red-toned notes that linger nicely." –Mar-17
Mays Canyon is home to the Porter Bass Estate. At 200-400 feet elevation, this site is somewhat unique as it is surrounded by the Russian River on three sides. Skirted by redwood trees, they help keep to form a protective barrier that warms the climate of the vineyard. The Hugo gravelly loam soils also help to capture and retain the heat
of the day offering the vines additional warmth as the fog begins to roll in. Re-planted in 1999, this site has been a vineyard since the late 1800s. The wine spends 16 months in French
oak (25% new). (270 cs)
The 2014 vintage was the second vintage in a row of copious yields. Hence for a second year in a row rigorous thinning was required in many
vineyards. This involved multiple passes to ensure that crop levels were not excessive. Yields were slightly lower than 2013 and there was a much greater percentage of small shot (seedless) berries. These small berries contribute significantly to the concentration of the
wines. This is a concentrated vintage with plenty of aging potential. They will certainly please both in their youth and with several years of aging.