“Native9 is the fulfillment of my own American story two centuries in the making. Tracing my roots back to the first men and women who settled in the Santa Maria Valley, I worked for hourly wages along with my parents to buy a small plot of land our ancestors’ 8,900-acre Mexican land grant: a modest cattle ranch where I planted my 8-acre vineyard and a panoramic view of the land that had once been our own. Planted in 1997 by my own two hands with the help of friends and family while I attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard is now considered one of the finest sites for Pinot Noir in California. As a natural extension of my deeply personal vision for this vineyard,Native9 is made in small lots with a nod to bothOld World sensibilities and New World stylistic freedom with the help of my longtime friend and vetted winemaker, Paul Wilkins.
Though I wasn’t born into the wine industry by traditional means, I have vine-growing and farming in my blood. The name Native9 reflects my gratitude to the generations of California farmers and ranchers who came before me.”
- James Ontiveros, Viticulturalist & Owner, Native9
2011 Native9 Pinot Noir
Pinot Noirs from 2011 represent some of the best wines of the vintage. The cool growing season played a huge role in developing Pinot Noir's inherent character, flavor and style. The 2011 Native9 is no exception. At its core is a solid backbone of fruit and acid, but both are nuanced and balanced and that makes the wine more seductive. Add to it the effect of whole cluster used in our winemaking and we have a wine with structure and tannin which completes the package. Expected maturity is 10 years or more. Buy Native9 here.
Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard
The Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard is located within the Santa Maria Valley AVA high on a ridge overlooking the surrounding farmland. There’s an oil pumping rig at the very edge of the vineyard that I believe just may add to the terroir.
Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir is among the best in the world. The Santa Maria Valley AVA has unusual east-west mountain valleys that run east from the Pacific Ocean, allowing an interesting meteorological ebb and flow between the mountains and the cooler ocean. Every summer morning, a heavy Pacific fog moves eastward through the valleys, keeping morning temperatures in the 50s to 60s. By mid-morning, the sun begins burn through the fog that hangs around the mountains, warming the valleys to 70s and 80s.
By early afternoon, coastal breezes move inward, lowering temperatures again. These factors lengthen the Pinot Noir growing season, allowing for a longer hang time. The result of the marine climate and longer hang time helps develop more complex flavors while maintaining crisp acidity, all part of the unique terroir of this region.
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