Named after its once pedestrian purpose, the vineyard was named "Calesa" which means "stagecoach" in Spanish. Long ago, this site, (featuring expansive views of the Pacific), served as a resting stop for horse drawn carriages. Located in the newly minted Petaluma Gap AVA, Calesa vineyard sits in the "wind gap" or coastal mountain opening where direct coastal wine and cooler temperatures provide optimal growing conditions for Pinot Noir.
Our fruit is hand-harvested into small bins in the early morning to protect the fruit and preserve freshness. The grapes are hand sorted and partially de-stemmed before being placed in small open top fermenters. Following a 5-7 day cold soak period and 10-12 day fermentation the wine is aged 18 months in 40% new and 60% year old French oak barrels. Our burgundian style pinot noir coats the tongue with plum, fig overripe cherries, and a touch of oak. Seductive and focused, this wine offers a lingering suppleness and elegant earthy character through the finish. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this wine will shine over the next 6-7 years.