Our UNUM Estate Pinot Noir bottling has firmly established itself at the top of the pecking order within our Estate line-up of wines. Sourced from our oldest vines, which were planted in 2006, and encompassing only two acres of Dijonnaise Clone 667, this block enjoys a beautiful south sun-facing orientation on rich, dense clay, creating fruit that always over-achieves qualitatively. We attribute the wine’s luxuriousness and roundness to its denser clay soils much like the way marbling in Wagyu increases the meat’s flavor and generosity. The wine weighs more beautifully in the palate and is both broader, deeper and longer in its finish relative to our Estate Pinot Noir. This extra architecture increases the concentration allowing the wine to be enjoyed now with more complex Pinot Noir friendly dishes while also assuring its age-worthiness for more than 5+ years. 100% native yeast. 20% whole-cluster fermented in open-top concrete cask. Aged 14 months in 33% new French oak. 490 cases. 13.0% alcohol. This quintessential Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir delivers a lovely bouquet of dark cherries, blackberries, tart raspberries, and geraniums, mixed with woody notes of rose hips, spice, and vanilla, and earthy aromas of damp forest floor, all complimented by the distinctive ferrous sensation imparted by the iron-rich clay beneath this special block. The impression of berries on the palate merge with the mild spiciness of the moderate and refined tannins. Medium-bodied with pleasant tartness and round mouth feel, lingering finish and intriguing minerality. This is a deliciously smooth and complex wine that will age beautifully.