Despite only being six miles from the Pacific, Rice-Spivak is still the most inland of the vineyards we work with. Even so, it’s a very cool site. At an elevation of only 300 feet, it often sits in the fog and wind, producing one of the most crisp, complex and mineral-driven wines we make.
The 2012 growing season has yielded the finest vintage of Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir we have ever made. While Rice-Spivak’s Dijon and Swan Pinot Noir plantings, northern exposure, and unique volcanic ash-laden soils always produce a complex, aromatic wine with excellent acidity and earthiness, the 2012 has a level of depth and concentration that is remarkable. It also possesses more black fruit and spice layers than we traditionally see from this vineyard, all at a low alcohol level.