At the Slope, the Zena Crown Vineyard shifts to face due south, encouraging perfect ripeness and maximum phenolic development. The Slope is a dark, brooding Pinot Noir of great density despite a modest 12.7% alcohol. Its flavor spectrum is similarly deep and concentrated, where the fragrant, easy air of spring surrenders to more complicated notes of warm leather, dried mushrooms, Maillard reactions, game, and umami.
In 2013, the Slope was 100% de-stemmed and aged for 17 months in 85% new French oak from a variety of Burgundy-based coopers. The Slope may benefit from a vigorous decant in the near term, and it is an ideal candidate for extended cellaring.