Taylor Ridge Vineyard grows atop a bluff 5.3 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Its fine, sandy soils derive from prehistoric beaches that rose to an elevation of 915 feet. In late summer, cool air and fog from Tomales and Bodega Bays drifts over the vineyard—a climate that slows nutrient uptake by the vines, and gently ripens the fruit.
The 2009 crop of Swan selection Pinot noir yielded 1.68 tons per acre, the most fruitful to date. Harvested October 1st, the clusters were de-stemmed and sorted into individual ¾ ton fermentation lots. Each received tailored cold-soak and hand punch-down treatment, then aged two years in 20% new French oak barrels. Vibrant berry and spice aromas, toasty caramel flavor and elegant tannins linger to the finish.