From an obscure Dijon clone 459, this wine epitomizes the ripe California style of Pinot noir- black cherries, strawberries, and baking spices highlight a smooth finish! My career has focused more on Cabernet than Pinot, so one might say this is a Pinot for Cabernet drinkers due to its dark concentration and 14.7% alcohol. These grapes were grown on the north side of the Carneros Highway right between Hudson and BV9 vineyards, where the soils haven't yet transitioned from Haire Loam to Diablo Clay. The Haire Loam permits the use of 3309C; a rootstock which makes the vines weaker, promoting more complex flavors in the fruit. The artwork is by Scott Nancarrow and depicts the Ram, afterwhich the Carneros region is named.