Now introducing Eastside, a 2019 Pinot Noir that pays homage to one of Manhattan’s most important neighborhoods.
The Lower East Side of Manhattan has been a cultural epicenter since the immigration boom of the 1800s and has been a major factor in shaping the cultural heritage throughout the US, including our beloved west coast. Transformed time and again through the decades, the story of this neighborhood is layered with complexity, much like the wine inside the bottle.
This year’s Pinot hails from Snows Crossing Vineyard, located on the Eastside of the high Sierras between Camino and Pleasant Valley. This south-facing vineyard is perched at 3,100 feet in elevation (that’s mad high, in case you didn’t know), with steep grades, decomposing granite soils and high levels of iron oxide. So, what does that mean for the wine in your glass? We’re not going to lie, this vineyard produces some cool-ass Pinot Noir.
We harvested the Pinot in September 2019, de-stemmed the fruit into stainless steel tanks and left it on the skins for two weeks with daily pump-overs. This gentle fermentation helped create the silky tannins and delicate fruit flavors you’ll taste in your glass. After aging 15 months in neutral French oak barrels, we bottled Eastside in January 2021. The result? Well, you’ll find out just how amazing this wine is when you taste it for yourself.
The first thing you’ll notice about this wine is its color. Like a freshly picked strawberry at the height of summer, this wine’s shimmery red hues are seriously captivating. On the nose, you’ll be enveloped by freshly blooming violets, rose petals and warm cherry pie. One sip will have you hooked because Eastside has it all. It’s like a bit of New York Cheesecake with macerated berries, a hint of butterscotch and a whisper of hazelnut. The granite soils of Snows Crossing Vineyard give the wine amazing minimality and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t want to drink this wine all damn day. With only 190 cases produced, we don’t expect this wine to be around for long.