2017 Pinot Noir
HMR Estate Vineyard
The wine has a "just picked" vibrancy with a towel snap of fresh natural fruit acidity and a restrained coil of inner energy, ultimately unwinding to reveal a fruit precision of black cherries, Earl Grey tea, Asian spices and sandalwood leading to a long, lush, voluminous finish of lifted dark fruit. Its current youthful ardor is embellished by aeration, drink now through 2025.
Adelaida’s 33 acre HMR vineyard, established in 1964 is one of the oldest continuously farmed plantings of Pinot Noir (PN) in California. Our property lies in a coastal influenced mountain valley within the Santa Lucia Ranges, a cooler site more suitable for this delicate variety. Naturally unstable, PN is prone to natural mutations of the vine DNA, over 30 clones have been identified. The old vines of HMR form a unique vineyard mix lacking a source attribution, they are a ‘massal selection’ aka the ‘HMR clone’ having evolved from multiplicity of original vines. The HMR designation indicates that the wine is based on our best vineyard sites and oldest vines.
Aromas of black cherries, star anise, blueberries, Earl Grey tea, sandalwood incense, “Miniver” rose. Flavors of black cherry/blueberry compote, Earl Grey tea, Chinese 5 spice, sandalwood, miso paste
Tomato, prosciutto and melted Gruyere sandwiches; lightly seared salmon with roast Shiitakes and mushroom sauce; Chicken Tikka Masala with minted cucumber salad and garlic naan
Purchased in 1994 by Adelaida, Hoffman Mountain Ranch Vineyard (HMR) is one of the most celebrated and historic vineyards in California and home to the Central Coast’s oldest Pinot Noir vineyard. The story of this uniquely successful vineyard dates back to 1964 when Dr. Stanley Hoffman planted the first Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon in the Paso Robles area. The climate, terrain, and lime-rich soil of his Central Coast property compared to the viticulture regions of France. In 1973, the Hoffman family began dedicating their lives to the vineyards, moving from Southern California to Paso Robles, determined to make premium estate wines. That same year, Andre Tchelistcheff joined HMR as a consultant and, through his guidance in the vineyards and winery, HMR produced wines that merited honors at competitive tastings. As fate would have it, Hilltop Ranch and the Van Steenwyk family found themselves neighbors to the Hoffmans. And so, the first seeds of Adelaida were planted.
2017 brought a late winter storm track with a warming spring and an early bud break. This was a labor intensive year for the in-house vineyard crew, utilizing organic farming protocols. Late summer heat lead to low yields of concentrated small clusters. The PN harvest lasted all through September emphasizing careful selection and multiple picks. Night harvested, the fruit was cluster-sorted, de-stemmed and optically sorted followed by traditional foot treading. The resulting must, which included 30% whole clusters, finished its fermentation in concrete vats using indigenous yeast cultures enhanced by juice pump-overs and daily cap plunging. Final maturing in barrels lasted 15 months using both neutral and new French oak (40%).
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