2015 was a year to remember on the True Coast, close to the Pacific. May fog and light rain sabotaged the flowering, and the result was near-historically-low yields. This means that instead of the usual 14-17 barrels from Kashaya, we made just 7 barrels! This also resulted in a highly aromatic, densely concentrated, incredibly spirited Pinot. Aromatics of raspberry, strawberry, hibiscus, Oolong tea, clove, jasmine and pink flowers are effusive. The palate is full of finesse with a beautiful, graceful texture and fine tannins, framing deep yet directional flavors echoing the nose. The finish is elegant, as Kashaya always is, leaving plenty of room for the long flavors to linger.
Coming from a single vineyard in the northern part of the Fort Ross-Seaview region, the 2015 Pinot Noir Kashaya (aged 11 months in 46% new French oak) offers textbook mulberry/black raspberry fruit, lots of sappy herbs and rose garden nuances, medium-bodied richness, and a ripe, concentrated, yet balanced style on the palate.
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Kashaya offers up lovely red cherries, vibrant cranberries and roses scents with touches of dried herbs and underbrush. Medium-bodied, elegant, edgy, fine and refreshing, it has a pleasantly chewy backbone and good length.