Palisades Vineyard is one of those precious secret places in the heart of Carmel Valley that is situated just above the Carmel River on a site of rocky, sandy loam soil combined with decomposed granite on a south-facing exposure. This gem of a vineyard -–all .79 acres of it – is located only 9 miles from the Monterey Bay, is organically farmed and receives sunshine most days during the growing season but its proximity to the ocean causes the site to cool quickly at night. This is an ideal sunny-yet-mild microclimate for Pinot Noir that encourages the nuances and complexity of the varietal to develop. The clones planted are all Dijon 115, 667 and 777, all hand picked and averaging 1.5- 2 tons per acre. “While these are some of the most common Pinot Noir clones planed on the west coast today, fortunately for us, this site twists and tweaks the paradigm of these clones ever so slightly to pique our interest,” comments Cima Collina Winemaker Annette Hoff.
The vineyard receives its daily nurturing from owners John Stafnes and Iathan Annand. Planted in 2005, the vineyard has been exclusively used for Cima Collina wines with the first vineyard-designated release in 2012. Like many local growers, the 2015 crop was lost to smoke taint from the Big Sur fire. Current releases include 2013 and 2014 vintages, available through the Cima Collina tasting room and website. The first harvest 2012 vintage is sold out, with a few precious bottles held for tasting this fall.