HISTORY Poseidon Vineyard, located at the confluence of Carneros Creek and the
Napa River, was planted in 1973 by the Molnar Family to the Burgundian varietals:
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The maritime environment of the Carneros
grape-growing season delivers cool, foggy mornings followed by warm days that
slowly nurture ripening.
VINTAGE 2019 The 2019 growing season got of to a wet and cool start, but a
moderate summer allowed for normal vine development and a slightly
above-average sized crop. As the summer progressed, the vines made up for some of
their late start. A comfortable fall allowed for longer hang time, good fruit maturity
and excellent flavor development. The harvest started with a leisurely pace and
quickened at the start of October. As a precaution against wildfires, our cellar was in
the power company’s blackout zone, throwing the crew for a loop. But our outage
was short, and proved harmless to the ongoing fermentations—it was one of the few
sources of anxiety in an otherwise textbook season.
WINEMAKING Our Poseidon Vineyard is planted with two clones of Pinot Noir:
Martini and Dijon 115. This Estate Pinot Noir is a blend of wines picked from dierent
blocks planted with the two clones. The fruit was harvested by hand and fermented
separately. As soon as the fermentations were complete, the wines were pressed
gently into 100% Kádár Tokaj oak, adding a signature spiciness to the blend that
complements the fruit character. Racked only once before bottling, the result is a
very pure, fruit-filled expression of Pinot Noir.