Settlement Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020



Some of Settlement’s youngest vines are represented by their eponymous PInot Noir. Planted in 2009, the fruit already shows a level of depth and soul to be expected from such a unique terrain. With loess and clay soils at steep, north facing slopes, the Settlement Vineyard Pinot Noir displays a dramatic range of flavor woven into a delicate yet confident structure


The Poplars Vineyard showcases free draining alluvium over a complex clay profile. The certified organic since 2016, the site requires little to no irrigation.


Hand harvested and stored overnight to reduce the temperature before hand sorting. 70% is destemmed before an ambient soak and wild fermentation. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 35% of which were new. The wine does not see any fining before bottling.


A warm growing season with very dry conditions between January and April with only 45mm falling (less than 30% of the average). A season which will be remembered for other reasons however, with calm decision making and patience resulted in perfect ripening conditions, and a very rewarding season. One of the best the region has experienced in recent years.

Tasting Notes

Jubilant strawberry and red currant notes fold neatly with loamy earth on the nose, matching in flavor on the palate with silky tannins and a long finish



Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir







Suggested Retail Price



"Crushed cherry palate"

James Suckling - December 7, 2022

"Aromas of red and black cherries, ash, charcoal and basked raspberries. Medium- to full-bodied with soft tannins. Iron mineral notes ground the crushed cherry palate. Subtle richness in the mid palate. From organically grown grapes." -J.S 10/22

Trade Materials

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