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A warm “Paso” summer re-energized these venerable old vines following the devastating loss from the frost of 2011. Dating from 1964, these gracefully gnarled vines from Adelaida’s HMR Estate are the oldest continuously farmed Pinot Noir vines in the Central Coast. Success here is due to the cooler microclimate of this mountain vineyard and the underlying chalky calcareous soils, a rarity in California. While we cannot make a clonal attribution, these early smuggled imports from France were deemed “suitcase clones”. Distinguished by their pine cone shaped clusters and small berry size the resulting wine displays a distinct Burgundian character. Grapes are picked at night, fermented in open top vats utilizing indigenous yeast cultures and matured in light toast French oak barrels, 1/3 new. Youthful, but already showing classic flavors, drink now through 2017.