2015 Serendipity Block Pinot Noir
2 Bottle Limit
The first time we tasted wine from Serendipity Block out of barrel, we looked at each other and started to laugh. A giddy laugh. A "Holy Cow! We really did it!" kind of laugh. You see, Serendipity Block has been a very deliberate effort to create a very special wine.
We took our best pocket of vineyard and inter-planted it with nine separate Pinot Noir clones. Knowing full well that none of the clones ripen at the same time, we limit the picking of Serendipity Block to one day. We then ferment the entire lot whole-cluster and age it solely in neutral oak. In this way, we try to capture the essence of Serendipity Block at one moment in time with limited winemaking influence. This nature over nurture approach has yielded a spectacular wine. Distinct, complex, cerebral - truly a product of life's magical possibilities.
The first three vintages of Serendipity Block created significant critical and consumer enthusiasm across the board. So much so, we've been ostensibly sold through this wine well before the next vintage is bottled. Unfortunately, 2015 brought a cool, wet spring that limited grape pollination and reduced berries per cluster on the vine. As a result, our yields were limited and we were able to produce only 3 barrels of wine. The good news is that less fruit means the hard efforts of the vine get concentrated in those few remaining berries. This fourth vintage from Serendipity Block reminds us of the 2013 vintage, and more focused/precise than the 2012 or 2014. That said, the signature of fruit from this wine holds Serendipity's signature contemplative, complex mark, and is a beautiful expression of this special block.