"The 2014 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard is the most reticent of these Pinots, as it was last year. Intense fruit and structure come together, but the wine is not at all ready to give everything it has. Dark red and purplish fruit overtones are lifted by the wine's bright acidity and tannic underpinnings. This nervous, taut Pinot needs a few years to settle down, but it has tremendous promise." –Mar-17
"Vineyard appears to playing it close to the chest at this early stage, offering subtle suggestions of red cherries, raspberry leaves, Provence herbs and fragrant earth with a hint of Sichuan pepper. Medium-bodied, elegant, fine and tightly-knit on the palate, it has a wonderfully lively backbone and persistent earth and herb layers on the finish. Not giving quite as much as the other two vineyard-designate wines, I’ve been cautious with my scoring and look forward to seeing what this wine can do over the next decade." –Mar-17
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.