The Stewart Vineyard in Carneros has a cool breezy climate that brings out the depth and finesse of the Pinot Noir grape. Stewart Ranch is on a peninsula in the estuary and keeps its leaves in a stoic manner most years, so that the fruit can stay shaded in the middle of the day. The grapes were harvested on September 8 at modest sugar levels to preserve the delicacy so important to this variety. After fermenting, it was transferred to new oak for aging. The nose showcases elegant aromas of black currant and caramel, nutmeg and clove, with notes of cedar in the background. The palate is lively with wild plum, tangy sage and rosemary and a velvety finish.