Santa Maria Valley,
This intriguing site is located west of all other vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley and is planted with the latest Dijon clones of pinot noir and chardonnay. Although it isn’t situated in a particularly beautiful spot, this vineyard has all the attributes necessary for great wine. The soil is both poor in nutrients and well drained, so the vines grow with a decided lack of vigor-a necessity for quality wine grapes. And the cool climate this far west in the valley allows the pinot noir to retain nuanced aromatics and acidity.
The 2004 pinot noir Solomon Hills possesses the lush fruit-forward style of this hot vintage: however it manages to present exotic complexities and great delineation of flavors that only a cool, ideally situated vineyard can produce. I can tell you honestly that this wine will not disappoint!
Robert Parkers Wine Advocate
“The dark ruby-hued 2004 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard possesses soft, sweet tannin in its black currant, black raspberry, underbrush, and forest floor-filled personality.” – RP 90 Points