Ghostwriter Pinot Noir Santa Cruz 2018
VINTAGE : 2018
COUNTRY : USA
REGION/APPELLATION : California, Santa Cruz Mountains
VARIETALS : Pinot Noir
CASES : 571
"Our Santa Cruz Cuvée is always intended to be an overview of the vintage, the vineyards and the appellation. The actual blend of vineyards and barrels varies a bit year to year, but stylistically, we are shooting for a certain level of consistency. 2018 is a return to older vintages, a little lighter and leaner than the 2017, but with a pretty firm grip. The growing season was longer and cooler and the wine expresses that. As always, a layere of spice on a base of that cranberry/strawberry fruit that we expect from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Our goal with this cuvée is to produce a wine that is restrained and true to the appellation. The 2018 is 30% Aptos Creek, 26% Smith Road, 22% Amaya Ridge, 17% Veranda, and 5% Ahlgren. As usual, we expect the Cuvée to be the most accessible Pinot early on, but this vintage particularly, should age well too. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
This will be one of those years where this wine is a truly exceptional value. Drinking great now, but plenty of life ahead of it. Light and Lean."