Kuleto is one of the most complex and diverse wine producing properties in the world. Located in the volcanic
mountains of eastern Napa our estate features 761 total acres and 82.9 acres of vines perched along ridges and clinging
to steep hillsides. Our soils, exposures, elevation changes and sub-climates are so complex that we’ve delineated
our property into more than 100 micro-blocks. Each of these tiny plots is treated as an individual vineyard with
varieties, clones, rootstocks, density, trellising and farming methods tailored specifically to the site.
For winemaker Dave Lattin, there is a mutual understanding that all but a small percentage of the winemaker’s
work is done in the vineyard. Keeping the vineyard’s serpentine twists and exposures in mind, the best-suited
varietals for each block have been selected. Working with the land, not against it, the individually terraced lots are
not oriented to one central direction, but instead are planted to maximize the benefits of their natural location.
Our 2009 Pinot Noir is a bit of a surprise given that the fruit is grown in big mountain Cabernet country. Taking
advantage of a low-lying eastern slope that benefits from cool air that drains down the Clear Creek draw, our Pinot
ripens under conditions not found anywhere else on the ranch. It is quite delicate and feminine in aromatics and in
structure and a classic ‘old school’ Pinot Noir. We have Syrah and Zinfandel on our property, so we don’t need to
make our Pinot Noir look and taste like either of those varieties. Fresh red plum, cherry blossom and raw walnut
aromas dominate the nose. The mouth is tightly wound due to the predominance of the Pommard clone and therefore
will require a bit of time to reach its full potential. Make sure it’s decanted and served in large balloon glasses.
219 cases produced.