100% Pinot Noir sourced from Bien Nacido (1973), Dierberg Drum Canyon Vineyard (1999). Mostly destemmed to various size open-top fermenters; native fermented. Macerated on skins for two weeks before being pressed to tank, and then down to almost all natural barrels. Racked after 12 months to tank and bottled, unfined, unfiltered.
The 2017 Pinot Noir is pale to medium ruby with aromas of tart cranberries, Bing cherries, wild blackberries and perfumed earth with dried leaves, citrus peel, crushed stone, pepper and dried herbs. It's light to medium-bodied and earthy with a firm frame of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long with spicy perfume.
Few of California’s young winemakers possess the regional mastery that is illustrated by the work of Justin Willett, of Tyler winery.