Pluribus

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PLURIBUS expresses the character of an estate located at an elevation over 1,100 feet on the dramatic slopes of Spring Mountain.

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The name refers to the Latin word for many, and was chosen to signify the various facets involved in creating a fine wine: from the sun, soil, and climate of a vineyard, to the team of people who guide a wine through its evolution. A breathtaking mountainous 7-acre site with steep exposures to the north, east and southeast, the soil is comprised of volcanic bedrock. Pluribus, which debuted in the 2003 vintage, is defined as a bold, rich and concentrated wine; elements of dark plum, roasted coffee, and scents of cedar are inherent throughout the vintages.

SOIL: Decomposed volcanic material. Surrounded by a conifer forest. North and East Exposure.

ELEVATION: 1,137-1,327 feet


Vintage Notes

2017

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When walking the vineyard in 2017 it was easy to appreciate the opportunity that Nature had provided this unique site. The fruit was pristine and its flavor was other-worldly. We could have easily harvested on Sunday October 8th—before the fires began—but as temperatures were mild, the decision was made to wait until Monday. By then it was too late, and so this single decision led to our inability to offer Pluribus. The fate of a vintage can come down to a single day, a single decision. Such was the case in 2017.

2016

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Budbreak began in late March. Bloom followed in sync, yet veraison came much later than normal. This delay helped the site to weather the heat spells in August, and as cool fog approached, the grapes were in pristine condition for harvest in the last third of September.

The Pluribus location on the mid slopes of Spring Mountain provides a unique lens through which to view the vintage. The nose of the 2016 is dark, with hints of spice and earth. An immediate energy electrifies the palate, as the wine’s many layers surface in staccato. This sensation ultimately expands and then softens, extending for a seamless and persistent finish.

2015

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The late ripening nature of this site welcomes warmer years with open arms. The summer heat spells in 2015 simply provided a gentle nudge along its path to harvest. Yields were down, but fortunately harvest occurred in the cool part of fall, allowing for great precision in picking as well as optimal preservation of freshness.

The aromas dance around a dark fruit profile, but are more defined by the supporting facets of resin, spice, and earth. Upon entry the wine is immediately racy and mineral. While the tannins build to what seems like an ultimatum, the hallmark whiplash brings a second movement to the wine, uncovering an extremely long and detailed finish.

2014

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The mid-slopes of Spring Mountain provided a beautiful, long season to ripen Cabernet Sauvignon. It was the last site to be harvested in 2014. The first pick occurred in late September and concluded in the second week of October. That late season picking was ideal with more than a dozen harvest passes being made over three weeks.

The aromas seem so closely tied with the youth of this wine, primary in evolution, but not detail. On the palate there is a burst of energy while the mid-palate has depth and a multi-layered finish. Though Pluribus is often racy and more primal, this year it seems almost civilized. Its normal edge has been softened, yet still hides layer upon layer than will undoubtedly appear in due time.

 

2013

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Sitting at higher elevation, this site ripened at a glacial but inexorable pace. More importantly, in spite of a second year of drought, we were able to dry-farm the vineyard. Harvest began later compared to the other crus, and the result was one of the most visceral and expressive wines from this site to date.

The nose is extremely nuanced, with typical aromas of roasting coffee beans, ripe black currant, and hints of allspice. Upon entry, the acidity is lively and resonant while the mid-palate is rich. As is typical in the best vintages of Pluribus there is a whiplash effect on the palate. The tannins build to what feels like a firm stop, then return and melt slowly over the sides of the tongue.

 

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