This vineyard is well named. Remote and over-looking San Pablo Bay, this wine certainly reflects the mountaintop terroir. Savory herbal and dark fruit aromas evolve into a long lush finish. Drink now or lay down for the next five years and watch this wine evolve. The Wildcat Pinot Noir consistently sells out, so grab a bottle or three while you can!
A rustic aroma of dark fruit leads to notes of savory herbs and black cherry. Tones of earthy blackberry on the palate evolve into a long, velvety finish.
Planted in 1998 by vintner Steve MacRostie and partners, Wildcat Mountain is a hilltop vineyard (700 feet above sea level) often in the middle of the fog and vigorously challenged by the wind. The soils are rocky and well-draining. The nearby San Pablo Bay contributes to the overall terroir and climate. Altogether these elements make the vines struggle and produce distinct flavors in the finished wine.
Hand harvested, sorted, and then destemmed. 5-day cold soak. Gentle pumpover and punchdowns during fermentation.