The Sierra Mar Vineyard is near the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation and is one of our higher elevation and steeper vineyards. At the southern end of the AVA, vineyards are not so much contiguous as they are islands of plantings, separated from one another and yet all called by the name of one vineyard. At Sierra Mar these plantings tend to either be along small ridges or in swales between the ridges. We are fortunate to get fruit at Sierra Mar from both areas, with our 777, 943 and 23 Clone plantings being along the higher ridges, while the Pommard is in a lower lying swale. The 777 and 943 clones always ripen first, and this was the case in 2016 as well, with the Pommard and the 23 (due to cluster morphology) trailing behind. We utilized a good bit of whole cluster in the Pommard part of this blend, helping give the wine more layers of flavor. Sierra Mar has been on a roll lately and this 2016 vintage rivals the 2014 as our best, ever from this site.