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AROMA: Wild berries, mincemeat pie, forest woods, allspice, campfire
FLAVOR: Black fruits, pomegranate, za’atar spice blend, beefy juiciness
FOOD PAIRINGS: : Salmon in lemon-oregano oil with plum tomato, confit duck legs with leeks and green olives, poached lamb sausage with dried persimmons and thyme
Pinot Noir is the heart and soul of our winemaking quest. Rarely found in the warm Paso Robles AVA, our 33 acre site overcomes the conventional wisdom of inappropriateness. Its coastal mountain microclimate, its affinity for the indigenous limestone and its old vine provenance (dating from 1964) are precursors of its potential for nobility.
The vineyard clones are known as “the HMR Selection” essentially a mixed family of old vine genetic mutations that have evolved on property. Their small pine cone shaped clusters are more typical of the best vineyards in Burgundy. 2014 bought warm temps but HMR is a cooler, sheltered site. Highlights of the harvest include hand sorting, cold soak with juice pumpovers, yeast inoculation, partial stem inclusion during fermentation. Barrel ageing followed in a selection of French cooperage from different forests and toast levels. The HMR label indicates “best barrels”and best vineyard sites. The wine soars with penetrating red plum and black cherry fruit, complexed by mineral earthiness and an autumnal forest floor, spice laden finish. Drink now through 2022.