2013 Banshee Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast (1.5L Magnum)
As usual, Rice-Spivak struts a little bit upon first impression, offering up a blend of crushed berries and Asian spice. In the mouth the density of flavor belies its relatively light frame, delivering many layers of wild blackberry, raspberry, damp earth and stones. The finish is built around an enjoyable citrus zest, sage and berry interplay. The 2013 Rice-Spivak is our second vintage with the vineyard. While enjoyable young we believe this will handsomely reward mid-term cellaring.
20 months; 25% New French oak
Planted in 1999, Rice-Spivak has become known as one of the top vineyards in the region for producing vibrant and verve Pinot Noir. The vineyard is planted to both Dijon clones and some Swan - our rows in particular are 60% 667, 35% 777 and 5% Swan.
The north facing slopes of the Rice-Spivak Vineyard lie in an extremely cool and low spot, south of the town of Sebastopol. This area lies in the northern channel of the Petaluma Gap, which ushers in cool air from the chilly Pacific in the late afternoons. The vineyard soil is laced with an unusual amount of volcanic ash which seems to add a unique structural element to the wine.