The 2013 Skywalker Pinot Noir starts with a saturated, deep ruby color suggesting a ripe vintage for Marin County. The aromas are classic Skywalker: dried rose petals, potpourri, cranberry and allspice, but with an undertone of crushed earth and mineral. The palate expands in waves, starting focused and taut, expanding with time into flavors of spice, wild berry, dried flowers and red fruits. The finish is long and light on the palate, a telltale sign of an age worthy Pinot Noir.
The harvest season of 2013 will be remembered for its gentle temperament of bountiful blue skies and mild temperatures. We now know that we were experiencing the second year of extremely dry conditions in Northern California. Considered a classic vintage with respect to all varieties on the estate, the Pinot Noir reached ideal ripeness without threat of rain or damaging conditions, harvesting in late September.