2016 Serendipity Block Pinot Noir
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.
Serendipity Block has created significant critical and consumer enthusiasm across the board. So much so, we've consistently sold through this wine well before the next vintage is bottled. Fortunately, we had a "normal" vintage in 2016, which alleviates the immediate shortage we had with the small 2015 vintage. This fifth vintage from Serendipity Block is truly a combination of prior vintages, playing straight down the middle of the more feminine 2013/15 bottlings and the more masculine 2012/14 bottlings. The signature of fruit from this year's vintage holds Serendipity's signature contemplative, complex mark, and is a beautiful expression of this special block.