2 bottles each of : 2009 Pinot Noir $36 2007 Sparkling Brut Rose $54 and 2007 Reserve Pinot Noir $42 THE FOCAL POINT OF DERBY WINE ESTATES is the significance of place. Each of our three vineyards is located within a very distinct geographical region, representing three viticultural extremes in San Luis Obispo County. Derbyshire, our coastal vineyard in San Simeon, is located just two km from the Pacific Ocean and borders the Hearst Ranch. The dramatic conditions within the microclimate of Derbyshire creates a very unique flavor profile in the finished wine. Each vintage we attempt to achieve two goals: showcase the flavor profile that is unique to Derbyshire and increase the average yields per acre. In the late spring months, these grapevines go through a stage in the growing season referred to as flowering and fruit set. Fruit set is indicative of the size and quality of that particular vintage. Cool weather, rain or wind can prevent the flowers from pollinating which translates into non-existent berries. The gusty winds are certainly our biggest struggle at Derbyshire Vineyard. Although yields continue to be an obstacle with this site, 2009 marked a substantially low yielding vintage with the Pinot Noir reaching a mere 661 lbs per acre. Typical coastal sites see yields near 2000 lbs per acre or one ton per acre. In terms of processing, 90% of the grapes were destemmed and 10% were whole cluster fermented. A combination of punch downs and delestage were used to manage the fermenation cap. Barrel aged for 22 months in 21% new French oak and racked two times before bottling. Bottled on July 1, 2011 and aged another ten months in bottle. Released May 2012. The soils at Derbyshire Vineyard are primarily of the San Simeon series. The soil is a moderately deep, moderately well drained soil that formed in residual material weathered from sandstone. The surface layer is grayish brown sandy loam about 24 inches thick. The subsoil is brown mottled clay to a depth of about 34 inches. This is directly underlain by soft sandstone. The profile is medium acid in the surface and and becomes very strongly acid in the subsoil.
This year, you may NOT pick up your auction winnings at the event. All wine must be shipped and will be sent to you directly from the winery of the winning bids. Please note the costs for shipping below. Also note that your winning bids will be charged sales tax if the shipping address is in California. For California, shipping rates are as follows: 1-3 750ml Bottles: $13. 4-6 750ml bottles: $18. 7-12 750ml bottles: $27. Each additional 6 750ml bottles: $ 9. 1 Magnum: $15. 2-3 Magnums: $25. Each additional Magnum: $10. For outside California, shipping rates are as follows: 1-3 750ml Bottles: $15. 4-6 750ml bottles: $30. Each additional 3 750ml bottles: $15. 1 Magnum: $25. 2-3 Magnums: $40. Each additional Magnum: $15. Please be aware that if you request to ship your wines immediately, the weather may damage your wines. It is getting hot across the country and we would regret your wines being needlessly damaged. We are more than happy to store your wines until the weather cools in the Fall.