Goosepen is Alex’s favorite of our single vineyard blocks. It does not have the rich tannins of its northern neighbor, Big Tree, nor the finesse of the Orchard Block. It has fruit. A lot of rich fruit that can be heavy some years and complex in other years.
Our 2018 Goosepen Block Estate Pinot Noir exhibits fragrances of black cherry, licorice, and leather, with more cherry and licorice on the palate followed by a dash of clove. This wine pairs well with anything off the grill, from rib eye cap to portobello mushrooms.
Big Tree is strong like its namesake, a solitary, beautiful, and graceful Big Leaf Maple Tree that used to lie smack dab in the middle of a block of Pinot Noir. Shallow soil on this site makes the vines struggle more than the rest of our vineyard and produces strength in the wine. The tannins are something your taste buds can climb up, just like Alex used to be able to do when there was a tree there.
Our 2017 Big Tree Block Estate Pinot Noir has a light and floral nose. This wine has a complex mouthfeel and soft tannins with pop of pink peppercorn. Serve with hearty meats like lamb burger on a brioche bun with a healthy schmear of smoked ketchup.
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The Watershed Block was planted by founders Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser in the early 70s. Although replanted in 2006/2009 on rootstock, cuttings from fruiting vines were taken from the original plantings and grafted onto rootstock for the replant.
On the nose, our 2018 Watershed Block Estate Pinot Noir shows black cherry, blackberry and pomegranate, as well as leather, tobacco, mushroom, and a little cola. The palate is ripe with the same blackberry and pomegranate, as well as leather, fresh cedar, and a bright finish. The moderate tannins of this wine would pair well with a roasted leg of lamb with pomegranate molasses and cipollini agridolce, as well as cedar plank salmon with fresh blackberry sauce.