2014 Estate Pinot Noir
While it is never easy to account for Mother Nature’s unpredictability, our 2014 Estate Pinot Noir owes much of its success to superior terroir and diligent, sustainable farming practices. A portion of the fruit came from the “Old Vine” block at our estate vineyard. At 42 years old, it is the oldest planning of Pinot Noir in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is own rooted – a rarity in Californian - and grown on a Lyre trellis system. The remainder is a mix of Swan and Dijon clone 777 trellised on a VSP. The crop was thinned to a maximum of 3 tons per acre or 1.5 lbs. of fruit per foot of cordon. Row orientation is primarily north/south, which provides even sun exposure throughout the day.
At McIntyre our winemaking style is minimalistic. We endeavor to let the beautiful fruit shine through with limited intervention. All of our grapes are sustainably-farmed and hand-harvested and sorted in the early morning hours. Primary and malolactic fermentations were carried out with wild, indigenous yeast and malolactic bacteria that naturally thrive in the vineyard.