2017 Martin Ray Estate Clone 37 Pinot Noir
A true believer in the outstanding quality of Burgundy, Martin Ray set his standards high for his estate in Santa Cruz, bringing Clone 37 from the famed vineyards of Domain Romanee Conti in France. To pay homage to Martin Ray, we set aside two acres of our Estate by planting Clone 37 in 2011. Rare to California, there are few plantings throughout Russian River, and even fewer producers that hoose to highlight it as a standalone. Unique in profile, it is incredibly aromatic with fresh fruit powered by structured tannins. A favorite of winemaker Lindsey Haughton, the Clone 37 distinguishes our Estate, and our bottling offers what we feel is truly the best pinot we have to offer.
After several years of drought, California and its growers were delighted to receive record setting rain and a return to normalcy during the winter season. Cooler temperatures offered the vines a longer winter slumber, pushing back budbreak to mid-March, with spring temperatures carrying into May. Heat spikes in early summer led to veraison beginning early July. Hotter than average days brought ripening, but diurnal shifts overnight gave the fruit much needed time to recover. Harvest came abruptly mid-August with lower than average yields, but complex fruit with expressive aromatics. October 2017 will forever be remembered historically, as Northern California was swept with severe fires. While there was devastation throughout Napa and Sonoma, we were fortunate enough to have our crops in and did not suffer loss with our most prized vineyards. Overall, with the highs and the lows, we anticipate great results in quality from this memorable vintage.
Awash in raspberry bramble, red currant and wild rose, this striking vintage delivers more than we could have ever hoped for. Deep notes of Morello cherry give way to fig jam and notes of sweet clove, with firm but silky tannins that resonate throughout. 2017 was a great gift and we could not be more proud to release this beautiful Pinot Noir as our first of the vintage.