Siduri’s second wine from the Saralee’s Vineyard comes from an unusual part of this iconic property. There’s one small section that is called “the Expansion Block.” This section was planted primarily as a source for cuttings for further plantings on this property and others. Accordingly, virtually every other row is planted to a different clone. That makes sampling, and deciding when to pick the grapes, far more difficult than at other vineyards. The winemaking on the 2016 Siduri Saralee’s Vineyard Pinot Noir was quite straightforward. When the fruit came into the winery we sorted and destemmed all of it. Yields were a bit higher than 2015 so we were able to ferment it in a tank this year, helping to control temperature better. We ultimately selected what we thought were the best barrels to blend together as the final Saralee’s Vineyard Pinot Noir. The 2016 offering is a bigger wine than the 2015, so much so, that this is the one wine in this shipment that I would recommend waiting a few months to open. It is still a baby and should only find more harmony with a few more months in bottle.