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.