Blue Slide is named for its magnificent formations of blue rock. Directly below the vineyard a sheer cliff drops into the small winding “Marshall Creek”, showing off great cerulean shards jutting out from beneath the earth’s surface. In 1995 Lee Sr. and Carolyn Martinelli planted this six acre vineyard of Pinot Noir on a steep slope, under the guidelines of Helen Turley. This site was once prime grazing land for sheep, located on the second ridge inland from the Pacific coastline.
The 2019 season was overall very cool with record rainfall in Sonoma County in
February. The vines however, were not affected by this because they were still
dormant at the time. Similar to the 2018 season, spring and summer were
moderate in temperature and ripening developed gradually and under minimal
stress. This year was in fact so similar to 2018 that we began harvest the same
day, on September 10th. Unfortunately another wildfire hit the region at the end of
October, but luckily none of our vineyards were affected. The winery and many
staff were evacuated, but we were able to keep an eye on the new vintage with a
skeleton crew. The quality was not impacted and we are very excited at the
concentration of flavors in this vintage.