2020 Cuvée Chloe Pinot Noir
Just east of the town of Occidental is one of the sweet spots for making Pinot Noir.
The Senna vineyard sits in the coolest part of the Green Valley, often colder than vineyards found at higher elevation. Here, due to the lower elevation, the fog sweeps into the site earlier and stays longer than sites closer to the cost. Planted 15 years ago using the shy bearing Swan clone, a suitcase clone brought back from the famed La Tache vineyard in Vosne-Romanee. Shallow sandstone soils coupled with dry farming and meter by meter spacing allows the naturally small vines to produce small, intense, pea-sized berry clusters resulting in a wine with great intensity and finesse at the same time. Ripening in a meter by meter vineyard is much slower allowing depth and concentration without sacrificing aromatic intensity and high natural acidities.