2020 "The Shop" Carneros Pinot Noir
2020 was the most stressful vintage of my career. Between COVID, which was still relatively new, some brutal heat waves late in the year and the wildfires and smoke that came with them it seemed like the entire universe was against us.
In some ways this wine is proof that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, because despite all the difficulties in 2020, The Shop turned out splendidly. Unfortunately, the yields were so low (I forgot to mention that in addition to everything else, the yields were down dramatically) that I was only able to bottle 104 cases.
I used to say that my favorite vintages were the ones that combined old world tension and energy with new world ripeness, and the 2020 vintage fits that description perfectly. Early on it was apparent that the wines would have excellent concentration thanks to the tiny yields, and as the wines developed in the cellar their freshness and liveliness impressed from early on. Whether it will be long lived only time will tell, but it sure is tasty now!
Now, two and a half years removed, it's ready for prime time. It continues to impress with its ripe but fresh flavors, bright color and all around yumminess. It won't last long though, so do not delay.
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