2018 Kiser Vineyard Pinot Noir, SUITCASE Block
Six Bottle Maximum
The Kiser Vineyard Pinot Noirs are a fascinating study on variations of a theme. All are specifically Kiser and more alike when compared to other vineyards. However, when tasted as a set, they are all distinctive among themselves, each showcasing a different expression.
2018 Kiser Vineyard, Suitcase Block, Pinot Noir // This block located in the lower section, is comprised of vines that were grafted over to suitcase cuttings brought back from Grand Cru vineyards in Vosne-Romanée. This makes a fascinating comparison to the other lower block. More exotic and fragrant with combination of blue and red fruits.
Exotically spiced and bursting with dark flavors includng wild blackberry, dark plum and pine forest. A worthy follow up to the blockbuster 2017. Our most unique single vineyard Pinot Noir, it will evolve gracefully for 20 years but is drinking great now as well.
Kiser Vineyard is one of the last vineyards in the Valley. In this chilly corner, harvest is often up to a month later than in the southern part of Anderson Valley, only 15 miles south. The hillside vineyards sit on a thin layer of topsoil over sheets of fractured sandstone and shale. The upper block is slightly warmer and harvested first. Its wines are high-toned and bright. After millennia of erosion of the hillside, the lower block has deeper soils and thus broader, deeper flavors. A local vineyard worker remarked it was the coolest vineyard in AV.