Marin County



Chileno Valley


Stewart Johnson

Mark Pasternak

Harvest Dates

9/19/13, 9/10/13

Clonal Content

667, 777

Alcohol / pH

14.1 % / 3.75

Titratable Acidity

0.54 gms / 100mL

Barrel Aging

17 months in French Oak

(25% new)

Cases Produced


Sugggested Retail




Pinot Noir

Our Borderline bottling showcases high quality pinot noir that two dedicated growers produce near the Marin - Sonoma County border.  These vineyards lie along the southern edge of the Petaluma wind gap - a break in the coastal hills that funnels afternoon winds and summer fog straight off the Pacific, across the Point Reyes National Seashore, and into the northern reach of San Francisco Bay.  This reliable cooling eases the summer heat of Marin's interior valleys, giving the pinot noir in these vineyards a long growing season.

From the Kendric Vineyard, we take clone 777.  This vineyard, planted and farmed by Stew Johnson, lies in a secluded valley off San Antonio Road.  His vineyard rolls gently downslope below a hilltop thick with California oak and bay laurel, insuring good drainage.  The 777 brings pretty cherry and pomegranate aromas and structure to the Borderline blend.

From the Chileno Valley Vineyard, we take clone 667.  This vineyard is farmed by local icon and long time Marin County agricultural advocate Mark Pasternak.  Rolling across several hilltops on a converted dairy farm, the Chileno Valley vineyard is cooler than Kendric, and the 667 provides more powerful fruit flavors to fill out the middle of the Borderline Blend.

Winemaker Notes

Like the year before, 2013 provided near perfect growing conditions in the Petaluma Gap. Spring was mild and dry through flowering and set, and with a generally benign summer, the vineyards ripened easily. The Chileno vineyard provided concentrated intensity as the vines entered their third year of being dry-farmed, while the Kendric vineyard again yielded gorgeous fruit.

The 2013 Borderline beckons with aromas of red fruits and sandalwood, with hints of wet earth. The entry starts taut, then relaxes with layers of cherry, rhubarb, and asian spice playing off against each other. The perfumed nose, medium-weighted body and fine tannins blend nicely to result in a pleasing, refined, graceful pinot, with lots of "femininity". This 2013 Borderline pairs superbly with your Sunday night roast chicken.


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