We produced this Reserve Pinot noir with grapes from four dispersed vineyard blocks offering mildly darker red fruit aroma and flavors – cherry, plum, a hint of rhubarb – combined with a subtle earthiness, resulting in a wine of considerable complexity and richness. The foundation of the 2017 Reserve is sourced from the 18-year old vines in Block 3, the “heart” of the northern of our two slopes, planted in French Dijon clone 667, combined with wine from younger vines of Dijon Clone 4407 in Block 4. This is the first time we have blended with this clone and expect it will become a staple ingredient of our top Pinots. This wine is further livened with a blend of deeply aromatic fruit from Block 6, planted in 2004 with French Dijon clone 777, and also fruit from Block 8, a heritage Pommard clone planted in 2008, offering hints of dried mushroom, some spiciness and a velvety texture. The wine was aged 16 months in 35% new oak barrels prior to bottling. This is a beautiful complex, textured and elegant wine which will age well for 10 – 15 years.