Just three ridges inland from the Pacific Ocean, Tilton Hill pushes the boundaries of cool-climate viticulture. Due to maritime breezes and abundant fog, this site rarely reaches 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the summertime. We wait patiently for these grapes to ripen; we know they’re ready when we’re picking the last of the Gravenstein apples from the property’s ancient trees.
It’s fitting that we see bobcats at Tilton Hill because the wines from this vineyard have a wild quality to them. The marine sedimentary soil and bracing weather make for Pinot Noir redolent with sous bois (forest floor) notes of pine needles, alpine strawberries, and spice.