Vöcal came to life in 2012 when the Lilo Vineyard Pinot Noir became available. Ian Brand and I had been conspiring to do something together, neither of us knew what, but something... 2013 our first harvest in Lilo was almost perfect, beautiful fruit: character, structure and tension. In 2014 Richard Alfaro generously asked us to participate in the first harvest of the new planting of Grüner Veltliner in his Vineyard also in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Today we also produce Cabernet and Gros Verdot from the historic Bates Ranch and Enz Vineyards respectively.
Vöcal is about the natural tension in the vineyard between grape and ground, the sun and rain, and the hand of man. Each contribution is important. We believe in a thoughtful dialogue in place of dogma when it comes to making the wines. These are vineyards influenced by the Monterey Bay. A deep sea trench that is a feature of the geological event that shaped the Salinas valley and the Santa Cruz Mtn Range, resulting in cold upwelling of water - fog and wind is abundant in a region statistically a desert due to low average rainfall. Wonderful conditions for agriculture in the flats of the valley floor, and brilliant for viticulture in the bench land and mountain sites of the coastal ranges; this is the voice behind Vöcal. - Winery
This wine. The Lilo Vineyard perches 800' over the Monterey bay. Ringed by redwoods that act as a wind break and influence the vineyard. The vineyard is a south facing half bowl with a top soil of loose poor sandy loam. Vines are in two parcels, one 20 year old and one 12 year old.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir (25 year old vines)
Vineyard: (organic) Santa Cruz Mountain Selection - most likely descended from Paul Masson / Mt Eden Chambolle material. planted on a southwest Facing bowl - sandy loam, windy, low yielding.
Vinification: hand-harvest, native in open top pucheons, elevage 15 months neutral pucheons, small SO2 addition at bottling, unfined, unfiltered (only 58 cases produced)