Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Bailey's Branciforte Ridge is a single-vineyard Pinot from the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. This is a Pinot Noir Vineyard located in the Vine Hill area near the old Estate Winery location on Jarvis Road. It was planted in 1999 and consists of Dijon clones 667 and 115. It is meticulously tended and is a showcase vineyard for showing off Pinot Noir cultivation in the Santa Cruz Mountains at its best.
The Vineyard is at a high enough elevation (around 1,200 feet) to be out of the fog on most days but is low enough to have very cool nights from the Pacific Ocean. These conditions produce a very intense wine with great depth of flavors and the ability to age beautifully for at least two decades from the vintage.
This Pinot has incredible depth and density compared to Pinot Noirs from other regions. There is a very rich and deep fruit component along with a lot of the earth and spice of the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation Pinots. This wine is big and powerful but it also has elegance and complexity in its youth that comes from a perfectly farmed vineyard.
Aged in French, Hungarian and inert barrels for 18 months. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.