2015 Benchmark Pinot Noir

The “Benchmark“ block at Witness Tree Vineyard is a 1.3 acre section of vines in our lower field. Planted entirely with the Pommard clone, these vines are own-rooted and almost 30 years old. The soils here are sedimentary, with alluvial basalt on the surface, which has washed down through the centuries from the volcanic soils up above.

The 2015 “Benchmark” is dark in color than the 2014 and offers aromas of black and red fruits, vanilla and exotic baking spices. On the palate the wine is rich and full and never looses its elegance. In the mouth there are notes of blackberries, cherries, and spice with a touch of toasted French oak and vanilla. Though drinking wonderfully in its youth, this wine will continue to evolve and benefit from patient cellaring, offering an even more rewarding experience in years to come. Only 98 cases were produced.