Matt Licklider, Sara Licklider & Drew Huffine
Mendocino Pinot Noir 2020
Highlights fruit from two Mendocino AVAs — Anderson Valley and Redwood Valley — both of which maintained pristine skies throughout a season of devastating wildfires. Amidst all the hardship levied on producers in 2020, silver linings were few and far between. But here’s one: a handful of $5000-a-ton coastal sources that would normally have gone into vineyard-designated wines at 3x the price were rerouted into this bottling. Thus, we’re given a moving and panoramic view of Mendocino — inland’s fruit density paired with the cerulean blue intensity of the coast. A relatively small percentage of whole cluster (10%) results in a wine that feels plush and gracefully woven. Aged for eight months in a combination of neutral French oak and stainless steel barrels. 3771 cases produced. 13.5% abv.