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At 2360 feet of elevation, Skyline Vineyard is one of the highest Pinot Noir vineyards in California. This extreme altitude helps cool the vineyard while providing the constant sunshine that is found above the fog. The rocky soils are extremely shallow and make the vines work hard throughout the season. In order to produce a viable crop, the vines are very tightly spaced with Pinot Noir at 2'x3' and Syrah at 4'x3'. We think that Skyline is the most closely spaced Pinot Noir vineyard in California. Its 12 clones are planted in selection massale (mixed together) at a density of almost 7000 vines per acre.
Skyline's extremely rocky and diverse soils produce one of the most mineral-driven and exotic wines in the New World. While the wines can be approached on release, we recommend a few years of cellaring to allow the fantastic and unusual Moroccan spice and pepper character to become fully expressive.
A vintage of contrasts
The 2007 vintage contrasted with previous vintages and with early predictions—yet grape growers brilliantly adapted to changing conditions. The year began dry with a warmer-than-normal winter that continued into spring, resulting in earlier budding, bloom and set. A mild-to-cool summer finished with a Labor Day heat spike that added the boost of sugar development that fruit needed to complement the excellent acid structure developed in the white varieties.
Harvest started in early to mid-August. Unseasonably cool weather and nearly an inch of rain in the second week of October did not affect the crops as Indian Summer returned with warm, clear days and vineyard crews sprang into action to finish harvest for a vintage of exceptional quality.