Rich and extraordinary deep color with full-bodied flavors of mulberry, blueberry, chocolate, plum, and vanilla. Clear Lake AVA. This cool climate lends itself for longer ripening; longer-harvest and the end result are vines with complex fruit, perfect acidity, and a flavor profile. Rich, dark fruit and smooth ripe holiday spice characteristics.
The color is a bright scarlet-red, with expressive aromas of blackberry and black cherry. Deep flavors of summer raspberries, strawberry jam, blackberries, cinnamon, and a subtle hint of toffee. It is perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity, plush weight on the mid-palate and a wonderfully supple texture. The expansive fruit flavors carry through to a long, pure and persistent finish. Visually bright and stunning with rich mouth feel, gorgeous legs, fantastic balance, entices you to sip and savor with all of your favorite grilled fish, chicken, pork, or pasta.
Clark & Telephone Vineyard is located near the corner of Clark Avenue and Telephone Road in the Santa Maria Valley. The area that this beautiful vineyard lays is cooled by the ongoing ocean breeze and fog that comes in from the Pacific Ocean. In 1972, the Clark & Telephone Vineyard was planted “own root” to the Martini clone. This heirloom clone of Pinot Noir was one of the first to grace the California coastlands and to this day many have followed suit in the Santa Maria AVA. This cool climate lends itself for longer ripening; longer-harvest and the end result are vines with complex fruit, perfect acidity and a flavor profile that can only be found in this part of the world. Dropping 30% of the fruit allows the vines to produce clusters that are small but filled with intense flavored berries, which yields dense, dark fruit and rich sweet holiday spice characteristics that this particular clone expresses.