2021 Lejano Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Lejano translates to "far away or distant" which accurately describes this spectacular site, two hours drive from anywhere. The vineyard enjoys unobstructed views of the Pacific, and clings to a series of hills right at the fog line. It is nestled into a coveted Pinot Noir aspect--'between the the first and second ridge' from the ocean. The San Andreas Fault runs right through here, lifting up complex soils full of mixed rock and fossilized scallop shells. In the wild 2020 vintage, we erred on the side of caution and implemented conservative winemaking protocols such as earlier harvest dates, destemming every cluster, gently extracting (no punch downs) and bottling only the free run juice released during the wine's fermentation. The result? A very lithe, pure wine with that electric red crunch we've come to expect from this zone.