2009 Brown Ranch Pinot Noir
To produce a single vineyard wine you should be convinced the vineyard has something unique and identifiable to offer. It should be a vineyard that will yield a wine whose intensity and personality you are unable to obtain in your other wines. We knew this about our Brown Ranch after the first harvest of its Pinot Noir grapes in 1995.
We planted our Brown Ranch to the then-new Dijon clones in 1992 on an exposed ridge. With our first harvest we noticed a unique character to the wines made from these grapes. There are eight lots that are separately aged and tracked. And while each have their unique qualities due to clonal, rootstock and terroir differences, there is a consistent thread running though our Brown Ranch Pinot Noir. We only bottle very small amounts of Brown Ranch Pinot Noir each year. It is packaged into six-bottle boxes with a package design that pays tribute to George Saintsbury.