2015 Pinot Noir, Las Brisas Vineyard
The Carneros AVA was an early pioneer in the production of Pinot Noir in California, with Francis Mahoney, proprietor of Mahoney Vineyards, an influential contributor to the study of Pinot Noir clones in the appellation. Mahoney’s 30 years of clonal trials, and work with UC Davis, has helped him to understand some of the hundreds of clonal variations, as well as develop his own stellar vineyards. Las Brisas Vineyard, part of the Mahoney Estate, translates to “the breezes” and sits on the Sonoma side of the appellation. It is named for the winds that drive morning fog from the vineyards and bring in cooling breezes in the late afternoon. The predominantly clay soils of Carneros are shallow, this combined with the influences of the nearby San Pablo Bay, yield remarkable fruit year after year.
Nuanced aromas of orange peel, muddled strawberries, currents, black cherry and fresh tobacco leaf are alluring. The palate is generous with flavors of red plum, huckleberry and Bing cherry kissed with a bit of Speck. The acids are lovely leading to a lingering finish with a subtle hint of oak.