2013 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard 1.5L
Situated high on the southern flank of the mountain range defining the western edge of Sonoma Valley, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard is an outlier relative to any other vineyards in the area. The highest vineyard in the appellation at an elevation of 750’, it sits on well-drained rocky soils of volcanic origin, exposed to the full brunt of fog and cold airflow that streams off the upper reaches of San Pablo Bay. This is an ideal place to grow top-tier Pinot noir grapes. Formerly grazing land, the vineyard was established by Nancy and Tony Lilly with their partner, Steve MacRostie in 1998. The quality of the vineyard bears testimony to the vision and tenacity of several generations of Nancy's family, which has been the steward of this land since 1940.
This is probably the finest example that we’ve produced from this vineyard and it is full of classic Wildcat Vineyard aromas and flavors. It’s pretty and spicy, redolent of crushed berries mingled with mineral, mushroom, and forest floor. The mouth is lush and concentrated with black cherry, blackberry, stone fruit, exotic spices, cola, mineral, and dried orange peel. It’s rich and round in the mouth with soft tannins and a lengthy finish.