Reed :: 2013 Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
Reed is our most unique Pinot Noir vineyard on Mt Harlan and the 2013 vintage gave us a special alluring intensity. This block consistently shows fascinating notes of sassafras, Chinese five spice, horehound, red plum, and distinct minerality. With its signature seductive, graceful, savory texture and super fine-grained tannin structure, the accents of earth, leather, pomegranate, dried cherry, white pepper and sage are further enhanced and continue on through the finish.
92 points! - Wine Spectator
In 2013 we saw decreasing yields due to the second year of a drought with only 6.5 inches of rain for the entire season. Warm spring temperatures brought on an early bud break, but fortunately remained warm with no threats of frost. The summer months were fairly mild with abundant sunshine allowing us to pick the grapes with high acid and mature flavors.
We picked the Reed vineyard in two passes on October 8th and October 9th. Each lot was pressed 14 days after harvest, racked by gravity to French oak barrels, then aged without racking in those barrels, 30% new, for sixteen months. The lots were then combined and the resultant wine was bottled without filtration, as always.
92 points- Wine Spectator
"Firm and spicy, with floral and wilted rose scents and a core of chalky, dusty earth. The core of red and dark berry fruit rises to the forefront and gains depth and persistence. Most impressive on the long and layered aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. (JL, Wine Spectator Insider, 6/2016)"