Since the first vintage of School House Pinot Noir was produced in 1957, our feminine, Burgundian style wine has proved that the combination of the 1500 foot vineyard elevation, the cooler microclimate of the School House Vineyard, our fertile and well drained mountain soils, along with our decision to continue dry-farming (not irrigating) the vineyards combines to provide ideal growing conditions for the evolution of these noble Pinot Noir vines. This small crop (about a ton per acre) was fermented in open-top bins after a light pressing to separate the stems from the fruit. The dry, young wine was matured in new French Oak cooperage, for 18 months then bottled.
This vintage manifests the characteristics which have made School House Pinot Noir unique among North American Pinots. We find the wonderful dried fruit flavors of cherries and apricots, the earthy?almost mushroomy?aromas and tastes produce a classic French style Pinot Noir. The wine does benefit from the cork being removed a bit before drinking to allow the wonderful, very special Pinot Noir ?nose? to develop and gratify your senses. The wine enters your mouth softly, develops full Pinot richness and lingers on your palate. 22 barrels produced.