The 2012 Spring Hill displays dark ruby core with aromas of red currant, boysenberry, clove, black tea, and rose petal. This medium bodied Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir balances zest acidity with a ripe lush tannin structure. On palate, flavors of black cherry, cranberries, beef jerky and baking spices extend into a clean long finish. This wine will continue to develop over the next 4-5 years, but is enjoyable now.
Spring Hill Vineyard is located within the southern portion of the Sonoma Coast appellation. The area in which the vineyard is located is known as Petaluma Gap. The vineyard sits on a panoramic ridge at an elevation of 445’ to 520’. It is located 12 miles east of Tomales Bay in the heart of the Petaluma Wind Gap. Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir, Spring Hill Vineyard is an extremely cool and foggy site that is on the Western edge of where Pinot Noir will consistently ripen.
The 2012 Spring Hill Ranch Pinot Noir is made up of multiple clones including Wädenswil, Pommard and 667. Picked in early October of 2012 each lot is fermented with a combination of fully destemmed and whole clusters. Each lot was hand punched down twice a day and pressed at dryness. The Spring Hill typically displays a combination of red and black fruits.
The 2012 Spring Hill Pinot Noir will pair well with grilled pork chop, cedar-planked Salmon, and classic Duck a l’Orange.