This wine was inspired by the brilliant and gracious Hale family: Tom and Karen, along with their three delightful daughters, Julia, Anna, and Ivy. They have a beautiful property just outside the Sonoma town square, which they've generously allowed us to use as we envision Two Mile's future. As urban winemakers, it's the closest we come to having a vineyard to call home. Their pinot vines, while still young, are producing fruit as intense, complex, and surprising as their owners. The vineyard layout is complicated; fruit ripen very unevenly as the vines twist and turn through shadow and sun, leaving a great deal of harvest to intuition and luck. It's the kind of vineyard that really benefits from experience, and after 3 years of making it, I can say that the 2014 is where we locked it in.
Unlike the very intense 2013, this is a much more nuanced wine, with leather, pink peppercorn, and raspberry. You'll also get "red hots" candy, along with pluot and marjoram. This is an excellent wine to drink now or let rest for 3-5 years.