Pinot Hill is the most recent acquisition to the Emeritus portfolio; planted in 2008, it is a steep vineyard with one to four feet of Goldridge Sandy Loam underlain with Los Osos Clay. Pinot Hill lies in the Sebastopol Hills area of the Sonoma Coast AVA—at the Northern edge of the Wind Gap area. This is where the fog first penetrates inland from the Pacific and the last place it burns off in the afternoons. Because of the long lingering fog, fruit from this vineyard ripens last of the three Emeritus vineyards. The slopes of this vineyard insure good drainage which is so important for quality Pinot Noir.
Pinot Hill is dry-farmed, like all of Emeritus' vineyards. With its steep slopes, Gold Ridge sandy loam and very cool climate, it is the most restrained wine in the Emeritus lineup with darker color and higher in acidity. The cooler temperatures lengthens the growing season allowing the grapes to retain acids while also making it hard for the vines to grow large berries and clusters. Also, because of the long growing season, the tannins in the fruit tend to be finer in style. The wine from here is the most feminine of the Emeritus line up with bright acidity and a unique spicy quality.