Stuller Vineyard grows amid redwoods on a ridge top with views to the Pacific Ocean, 6.4 miles west. We prune the vines according to varying soil vigor and exposure in the two vineyard blocks: one south-facing hillside (Clone 115) and a rocky hilltop (Clone 667). Vertical trellises oriented in a north-south direction apportion sunlight evenly between morning and afternoon sides of the canopy. These cultural decisions, we believe, elevate crop uniformity and ripening capacity of the vines.
In 2009, we harvested the vineyard in stages between September 18th and October 8th, with a mean yield of 0.89 tons per acre. Each lot received tailored cold-soak and hand punch-down treatment, with two years cellaring in 25% new French oak barrels. This mineral-rich Pinot noir abounds with earth, dark fruits, cherries and black tea.