"The 2013 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard is the most tannic and structured of these Pinots from Occidental. As such, it is going to need at least a few years in bottle to unwind. Beams of chalky tannin underpin a deeply expressive Pinot endowed with intensely mineral and savory overtones. Vivid and beautifully sculpted throughout, the 2013 is impressive, even in the early going." –Feb-16
The SWK Vineyard sits on top of the first ridge from the coast, just above the Bodega Headlands Vineyard. Both coastal sites are among the coldest and latest ripening vineyards in the Bodega-Freestone area. They are unique for their ability to produce rich, compelling Pinot Noirs at low alcohol levels.
After a 5-day cold soak of the grapes, a native yeast fermentation in 3-ton open-top stainless steel fermenters is accompanied by manual punchdowns 2-3 times per day. The wine undergoes spontaneous malolactic fermentation and is aged in François Frères oak barrels (60% new) for approximately 12 months. The finished wine is never pressed, only drained by gravity. Finally, the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.