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The Home Block is three acres on the Iron Horse Estate on an east facing slope, planted to the Calera clone. As the name suggests, it lies adjacent to the home of Iron Horse founders Audrey and Barry Sterling. It is the most sheltered vineyard block on the home place. Limited production – no discounts.
The color is deeper and more intense than our other Pinot Noirs from the same vintage, maybe due to its eastern facing slope. By nose, burnt orange peel, roasting herbs and preserved plums. By mouth, soft tannins, a complex mix of fresh berries and dried and preserved fruit with some anise and cassis.
“Home” comes from the 3-acre individual vineyard block next to Audrey and Barry Sterling’s home, which also happens to be the most sheltered vineyard block on the property.
Hand picked from a single three acre block, planted to the Calera clone, the grapes are destemmed into small open-top half ton macro bin fermenters and cold-soaked (using dry ice). Before fermentation is complete, the new wine is gently pressed from the skins and transferred to French oak barrels.