The further south (or west) you went in 2015, the poorer the yields. Clos Pepe was the victim of low yields not just because of this phenomenon but also because the lowest section of vines (the Pond) was hit by a frost early in the season and thus had very little fruit at all. This Pond section was good, but certainly not good enough for the final blend, which led us to depend on the Hillside Pommard and the Hillside 115 Clones. Fortunately, these two sections performed exceptionally well and we were able to work with them (using whole clusters on the Pommard clone) to create a superb Clos Pepe. On the downside is the quantity, where we produced only 8 barrels of this iconic wine. The 2015 Clos Pepe shows great depth of blue fruits. It is a more medium-bodied wine, with suggestions of dried herbs and forest floor (undoubtedly coming from the stems). On the finish the wine shows some of the tannins common in the Sta. Rita Hills, but we were careful not to over-extract the wine, giving it a sense of harmony and balance.