The Sandy’s block is named in honor of Ron Melville’s sister and appropriately was planted on the extremely sandy northwest section of their east vineyard. Sandy’s has performed heroically over the years particularly when considering its extreme location and poor, well drained soils. It is planted with four different Pinot clones, which, when planted on sand, produce wildly intense and pretty aromatics with a very ethereal and harmonic palate impression. The fruit was % whole cluster fermented in small open-top fermenters and then transferred directly into neutral French oak barrels, where it remained for just over a year.
The 2014 presents a nose of dark fruit, goji berry, and rhubarb crumble. On the palate, more subtle components of fennel, green tea and mustard powder mingle with impressions of apple cider and rock sugar. Lush and velvety in texture, with powerful tannins that frame a refined and delicate finish.