Nebbiolo Sisquoc 2009
In 1998, Steve Clifton worked with Rancho Sisquoc Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley to plant the very first Nebbiolo grapes from the Michet clone in California. Since the very first vintage in 2002, it was obvious that these grapes were something special. The vineyard's deep clay sub-soil, cool nights, warm days, gentle breezes and morning fog create the perfect environment.
Great patience is required to work with Nebbiolo. Steve has spent years experimenting with Nebbiolo to better understand its demands and fully extract its potential so we are honored to see the the great response this wine has had over the years from both consumers and critics alike.
The 2009 Nebbiolo Sisquoc Vineyard hits the palate with waves of intense bright red fruit. Bold and punchy, the 2009 remains incredibly primary and in need of more time in bottle. Today the tannins are firm and piercing, but the 2009 has more than enough density to drink well for a number of years. Bright citrus-inflected notes ring out on the finish. The 2009 spent three and a half years in cask."
- 92+ Points, Antonio Galloni