Seven acres of estate vines perch on the front of the 203- acre Lichen Estate in the Anderson Valley Appellation. Prepared in 2007 and planted in 2008 on meter-by-meter spacing, the vineyard comprised 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Gris vines on 15% to 35% southeast-facing slopes. Farmed 100% organically. Six blocks and four clones of Pinot Noir (Martini, Wadenswil, Pommard & 667) on three rootstocks (101-14, 420A, and 161-49). Two blocks of Pinot Gris (148 &152) on two rootstocks (161-49 and SO4). The 2012 vintage maarked the vineyard's fifth leaf, and its first substantial crop. Average yield:1.36 pounds per vine.
Fermented and aged: 100% in stainless. Did not pass through malolactic fermentation.
Lichen Estate’s innovative Les Pinots Noir & Gris 2014 offers an unorthodox blend of red and white grapes (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Gris). Aromas of grapefruit and white peach in the nose are matched by citrus gripping the mouth from lips to throat. Sweet Tarts brush dangerously close to Angostura bitters without touching, wrapped by a hint of effervescence. Les Pinots offers a density in the mid-palate balanced by a dancing rhubarb edge that tempts one’s tongue to swab the cheeks. Enjoy the long, savory, almost briny finish.