Adelaida’s 33 acre HMR vineyard, established in 1964 is one of the oldest continuously farmed plantings of Pinot Noir (P.N.) 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, it 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. 2016 marked the 5th year of drought and our earliest bud break on record (mid-late February) followed by an extended growing season. Harvested from late August through the first week of September, fruit was picked in the pre-dawn hours, cluster sorted by hand, de-stemmed and optically sorted (individual grapes). Moved to small batch fermenting vessels (50% concrete) with indigenous yeast cultures the must has a 30% stem inclusion and undergoes daily skin pump-overs and punch-downs. Final maturing in barrels lasted 15 months using both neutral and new French oak (40%).