Planted with the Dĳon 115 clone in 1997, this 3-acre block sits at the southernmost end of our Don Miguel Vineyard and has the highest elevation, over 500 feet. The many rocks we found in the soil inspired the name of this parcel, which provides some of the most graceful and elegant fruit on the estate. It has a personality quite different from the rest of the vineyard, a unique soil profile (Sebastopol series, vs. Goldridge) and steep, sloping terrain.
This vintage displays a very elegant nose, reminiscent of orange peel, pomegranate and clove, plus a classic hint of violets or rose petals. The aromas and the notes of earth and peat that are characteristic of this bottling suggest the trademark of a premier cru from Burgundy. The mouthfeel is elegant and complex, ample but soft, integrated and balanced, with supple yet firm tannins that predict a long aging potential.
The grapes were harvested September 2013 and after minimal crushing, they were vinified in small stainless steel tanks, with no whole clusters. The wine was aged in premium French oak barrels, 36% new, coopered by Remond from the forest of Bertranges. After 10 months of aging the wine was bottled, unfined and unfiltered, in August 2014.
Don Miguel Vineyard