Region: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
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- Color: glistening pale ruby
- Aromas: black cherry, raspberry, caramel sauce, black truffle, dust, red roses
- Palate: plum compote, rosemary, peppercorn, charcoal, punchy acidity, well integrated tannin
–Tasting Notes by Cellar Angels
RegionDeerheart Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Aging PotentialEnjoy through 2028
Winemaker Scott has over 25 years of experience in the Northern California wine industry. He learned premium red wine techniques from jobs at Ravenswood Winery, Rosenblum Cellars, and other highly respected California producers. He has also made wine abroad in India and Chile. Most recently, before founding Waxwing, Scott served as associate winemaker at Pelligrini Family Vineyards. Scott earned a B.S. in microbiology from Oregon State University and an M.S. in viticulture and enology from UC-Davis.
In 2006, Scott left his commercial winemaking job to stay home with his newborn son. Using this as a chance to develop hand-crafted, ultra-small-lot wines, Scott founded Waxwing Wine Cellars. He chose to focus on the wine varietals that he knows and loves, particularly Pinot Noir and Syrah from the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The vineyard is just 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean in southern San Mateo County on the road between La Honda and San Gregorio beach. Much like Lester Family Vineyard, Deerheart sees more than its share of coastal fog in the mornings during the growing season keeping temperatures down (rarely does the site reach 90F) and producing a wine with vibrant ripe flavors but retaining a cutting edge of acidity. The vineyard is generally picked at the end of Sept or start of Oct (late for Pinot Noir). To promote ripening in such a cool site the owners, Bob and JoAnn Larson, are experimenting with six different Pinot Noir clones (943,459,828,777, Wadenswil and 667) on 4 different rootstocks. In Block 1 they have also trellised the cane wires just 18" above ground to capture reflective heat from the soil. The Larsons have owned the 44 acre property that borders the La Honda Open Space Preserve for 15 years and started planting Pinot Noir blocks in 2013. There are currently 4 blocks planted over successive years from 2013 to 2016 covering about 3 acres.
Winemaker Scott Sisemore is the only winemaker with access to this vineyard.
Aged 10 months in 40% new and 60% once-used French oak barrels
“Crunchy aromas of black raspberry, wild plum and mulberry meet with crumpled flowers, light peppercorn and loamy earth on the heady yet elegant nose of this bottling. Charred plum and grilled berry flavors encounter fennel bulb and roasted meat elements on the hearty, savory palate.”
-Wine Enthusiast 95 points