Vineyard: Hillcrest Estate

Hillcrest Estate
OwnersCarl Briggs, Lisa Lawrence
AppellationSonoma Coast
StoryHome to the original Chardonnay planting in the West Sonoma Coast. It has since been replanted to Pinot Noir.
Dates Planted2005
Acres2
LocationJust outside the town of Occidental, adjacent Charles Heintz Vineyard & Winery.
SoilsGoldridge loam.
VarietiesPinot Noir
Clones115, Calera, Swan
Trellis Spacing4' x 7'
ManagersCarl Briggs, Lisa Lawrence

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 SENS3S Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., pH 3.78, TA 0.54, $40. Sourced from Hillcrest Estate and Tanuda vineyards. Barrel aged 11 months in 25% new French oak. · Noticeably better than when previously tasted in July 2014. Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Attractive aromas of black cherry, rose petal, spice and mulch. Very tasty core of fresh black cherry, blueberry and pomegranate fruits with some length and intensity on the finish which sports a good cut of acidity. There is better integration of tannins and oak since last tasted. Score: 90. Reviewed November 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Senses Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., pH 3.78, TA 0.54, $40. Released fall 2013. Sourced from Hillcrest Estate and Tanuda vineyards. BArrel aged for 11 months in 25% new French oak barres. Winemaker is Thomas Rivers Brown. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Soaring scents of oak-infused red and black cherries and redwood forest. Modest concentration of darker red cherry and berry fruits with a muscular backbone of firm tannins which show up on the finish. A solid wine with charming fruit that could use more time in bottle to soften and integrate the tannins. Score: 89. Reviewed July 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »