We source the grapes from Andrew Flocchini’s Old Road #3 Vineyard, situated in the Petaluma Gap, an area characterized by heavy morning fog, blustery afternoon winds and close proximity to San Pablo Bay. We feel very lucky to be getting fruit from this cool-climate, sustainably-farmed gem of a vineyard; here, Andrew and his cohort, Eric Neal, are farming five different clones of Pinot Noir. The 2012 is a co-fermentation of three clones, predominantly Swan, aged in neutral barrels for about 18 months. The nose is clear and expressive of the Pinot Noir grape: raspberry, bramble, roses. Unusually good acid keeps the flavor profile bright with some tertiary notes on the finish—dustiness and mint. Just as the absence of new oak allows the fruit to shine in this wine’s youth, that same non-interventionist winemaking will let the secondary characteristics emerge beautifully as it ages. Think forest floor, mushroom, dried cranberries