Pinot Noir is a popular grape because it appeals to many different palates. Pinot Noir from California unfortunately gets pigeonholed and Strangeways refuses to be labeled. Somewhere in between a classic Willamette Valley style and a bigger California style, Strangeways is the perfect in-between. There is some new oak aging but it plays second fiddle to the fruit characteristics we've come to expect from a really good Pinot Noir. Food pairings are too many to name but roasted beets, shrooms, and even lamb dishes would pair well.
Alison Crowe sources her grapes from sustainable farmers in the Nape Vallet and Central Coast appellations. Soil and vine age are as varied as the vineyard sources and it’s this combination of factors that leads to the wine’s overtly characterful style.
- Farming Practices: Sustainable
- Soils: Lockwood channery loam
- Fermentation: Fermentation in stainless steel
- Yeast: Native
- Filtration: Lightly fined and filtered
- Maturation: Maturation in French oak (45% new) for 12 months