English Hill, planted in 2005, is an 8.5 acre vineyard located 9.2 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Occidental, overlooking Tomales and the Marin Coast Range. It sits at an elevation of 652 feet and is comprised of Goldridge, Sandy Loam and Steinbeck Fine Sandy Loam soils. Clones harvested include Vosne Romanee, 115, and 667. The site is turbulent and exposed, featuring cool afternoon breezes and lengthy ripening seasons.
This ethereal Pinot enters with lightness and expands rapidly on the palate, showing notes of coastal forest floor, baking spice, earth, and dried tea and herbs. The small berries contribute a higher skin to pulp ratio, which gives this lovely wine a deceiving power.