The Frances Thompson Vineyard, located just inside the Flowers Ranch gate less than two miles from the Pacific Ocean, surrounds the old Thompson family homestead (circa 1920).
Planted in 1998, this 25 acre vineyard has rocky, well-drained, red soils perfect for growing Pinot Noir. The intense sun at the 1,400 to 1,875 vineyard elevation creates ideal growing conditions for the vines. Cooled by fingers of coastal summer fog, often lasting into late morning, extends the growing season and allows for slow ripening and development of intense flavor, color and character possible by the Pinot Noir grape.
A barrel selection of separately fermented Pinot Noir clones, including Swan and Calera. Our fourth release from Flowers Ranch; the 2006 Frances Thompson Pinot Noir is again a true representation of the climate, rock, and soil of this warm site in a cool climate.
|Dark ruby hue. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, plum and wet stone with undertones of black tea, mahogany and sagebrush. Luscious, bold mouth feel. Well balanced acidity. Powerful, elegant finish with rich tannins.