Please join us for a tasting of our current releases of Pinot Noir and a selection of older vintages.
We are so delighted to offer this delicious wine derived entirely from our 2 acre vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The growing conditions were wonderful with perfect ripeness (23.5o Brix) while sustaining the ideal level of tartness (0.8 TA, percent by volume, 3.3 pH). We picked on September 15, the day before we celebrated Jane McHenry’s 97th birthday. It rested for 20 months in 60 gallon French oak barrels (Francois Freres). It has a pleasing and complex aroma with a hint of smokiness derived from the nearby Lockheed forest fire. It is soft and luscious in the mouth and it leaves a most gorgeous feel at first swallow. Whenever we serve it to our friends, the bottle disappears very quickly. We are incredibly indebted to the heroic efforts of over 2,000 fire-fighters who quelled the great fire before it destroyed all of our sacred redwood forests. We pledge to donate one dollar of every bottle sold through the winery to support Bonny Doon Fire and Rescue. There are fewer than 380 cases. $27.50 per bottle, $297 per case. Alc. 13.1% by volume
McHenry Vineyard, 2010 Pinot Noir, Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains
In our 35 years of receiving the gift provided by our vines, the 2010 harvest was the best. Most importantly, the quality was as close to perfect as we had ever seen. The sugar rose to 24.7o Brix while retaining the perfect tartness (0.9TA percent by volume, 3.3 pH). Such precious fruit deserves the best cooperage including new Francois Freres French oak (at $1,000 each). We hope you will enjoy this wine with the same delight as our family. Our long experience teaches us that for the wines of this sacred spot in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one needs patience. The 2010 Estate is gorgeous now and it will develop beautifully with bottle aging. There are fewer than 320 cases. $30 per bottle, $324 per case. Alc. 13.7% by volume
McHenry Vineyard, 2010 Pinot Noir, Estate Swan Clone, Santa Cruz Mountains One block of our vineyard contains plants derived from cuttings originally from Joe Swan’s vineyard. We have noticed over the years that this clone had special qualities. In 2010 the Swan block ripened beautifully (25.4o Brix, 3.3 pH, 0.9 TA percent per volume) and resulted in a wine over 14% alcohol that was perfectly balance by blending it with 34% of our clone 13 grapes. We are so pleased by the result! Its luscious aroma is beyond simple description or comparison. It is a nectar of pleasure. Serve this at special occasions with almost any gourmet meal and guests will be delighted. If you have a way of aging wine with steady and cool temperatures, this wine will explode with unbelievable bottle bouquet beyond even its beauty at this moment. There are fewer than 137 cases. $42 per bottle.
A few bottles of those older siblings are still available. Most have departed, but we have held back the, 1999 Massaro Vineyard, and some decade-old Pinot Noir from Amaya Ridge Vineyard. The 1996 Massaro Vineyard, the 2000 Massaro Vineyard, the 2001 Estate, the 2002 Estate, the 2003 Estate the 2004 Estate, the 2005 Estate, the 2006 Estate and 2006 Estate Swan Clone, have SOLD OUT.
Please come visit to taste these special delights!