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Pinot Noir HMR 2015
Pinot Noir HMR 2015
HMR Estate Vineyard
93 pts, Doug Wilder
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The 2015 HMR Pinot Noir is densely packed with raspberries, tart cherries, rhubarb, spice, and a long finish that brings to mind the site’s limestone and clay soils. Generously textured, the mild earthiness brings out the identity showing old world complexity from the new world.

93 points, Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report
"The nose is a deep sassafras and cherry tart along with savory plum. The DNA of the 1964-planted vineyard is evident here. The palate is dense tobacco and blue plum offering plenty of richness and length. Gorgeously sleek and silky polished plum and dark soaked cherry. Drink 2017 – 2024."

92 points, Wine Advocate 
From one of the highest-altitude vineyards in Paso Robles, the 2015 Pinot Noir HMR Estate Vineyard wafts from the glass with an attractive bouquet of wild berry fruit, potpourri, warm spice and underbrush. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, satiny and expansive, with beautifully refined tannins, juicy acids and a long, subtly oak-inflected finish. This is an accomplished Pinot Noir that transcends perceptions of what this variety can achieve in Paso, and I'm looking forward to following future vintages.

90 points, Vinous
"Vivid red. Smoke-accented red berries and cherry on the pungent, mineral-accented nose. Juicy and precise on entry, turning more fleshy in the midpalate and offering nicely concentrated raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of mocha. Shows good energy and thrust on the long, smoky finish, which leaves a note of candied rose behind."

91 points, Wine Enthusiast 
Paso Robles isn't known for Pinot Noir, although this historic vineyard has been growing it successfully, and with plenty of aging ability, since 1964. Aromas of light berries, tarragon and sandalwood lead into a palate full of mint, fennel pollen, mulberry and dried plum, altogether exhibiting a li hing mui sort of character.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes
The wine possesses an initial gossamer silkiness morphing into flavors of black cherry, raspberry tea and forest floor dusted with whorls of spicy potpourri. It will outgrow its current adolescence in a few months, best enjoyed from late 2017 through 2023.

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Winemaker Notes
Duck Breast with Pomegranate Glaze, Oven baked Salmon fillets with wilted arugula, roast coffee rubbed pork loin with balsamic gravy.

Vineyard Notes

Vineyard Notes
Our HMR Estate Vineyard traces its lineage to Burgundian vines, yet no clonal attribution can be sourced from its 1964 origins. Now as old as many Grand Cru vineyards we achieve a lacy elegance and delicious mystery not found in younger vines.

Vintage Notes

Vintage Notes

Harvested in the pre-dawn hours fruit is hand sorted, partially de-stemmed and individual berries are optically sorted.  Small batch indigenous yeast fermentation combining 30% whole cluster is preceded by a brief cold soak followed by a 15 month sojourn in a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels.  

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