2014 Aether Drum Canyon Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills AVA
….The wine produced, our second vintage from this vineyard, exhibits dark cherry notes with accents of baking spices- classic characteristics of fruit from the Sta. Rita Hills.
This rendition was made with a modicum of stem inclusion giving a sweet floral lift to the aromas and a gentle buttress of tannin. This Drum Canyon Pinot is a bit reticent upon opening but it blossoms quickly and soon reaches its plateau – where it will linger for hours – hitting crescendos along the way.
Uncensored, sexy nose, dreamsicle, upper register aromas
Fruit a bit reticent at first,
Silky texture as wine slowly unwinds and
Continues its ascent- an hour later fruit really starts to show
Finish is firm with moderate tannins.
Drum Canyon is a 56.5-acre vineyard located about two miles west of Pence Ranch along Highway 246 in the Santa Rita Hills. It is a well-drained sloping site with southeast exposition. Planted in 2003, the vineyard, owned by the Dierberg Family, contains 26 blocks of multiple clones and rootstocks of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The soil is loam with some sandy loam and clay. Row direction is north /south due to the topography.