2017 Loring Pinot Noir 'Sierra Madre Vineyard'
Santa Maria Valley, California
The Sierra Madre Vineyard is only 15 miles from the coast, and benefits greatly from its unique marine influence. As its proximity to the ocean dictates, the soils of Sierra Madre Vineyard are marine by nature, and made up of sandy to sandy-loam textures. Soil vigor is low, which contributes to extensive root development, lower yields and concentrated fruit. Two types of sandy loam soil series exist here: Garey sandy loam and Pleasanton sandy loam. Both are well-drained and low in organic material. The Garey series has been deposited over many years by deep water drain ways, and is characteristic of wind modified terraces. The Pleasanton series soils were formed in alluvial deposits derived from sedimentary rock, and have a cobbly clay loam sub-soil.
Clones: 115, 117
Barrel Program: Aged 10 Months in French Oak: (15% New)
Cases Produced: 200
90 points, Wine Advocate. "Pale to medium ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir Sierra Madre Vineyard features warm blueberries, dried cranberry, shaved cinnamon, loamy earth and tea leaf hints with plush, ripe black fruits at the core. Light to medium bodied and silky with plush fruits, it has soft, grainy tannins and decent freshness, finishing with sweet fruit."