The Mary Elke Pinot Noirs are composed of fruit from any of the four Pinot Noir clones we grow. We try to reflect the cool climate and soils of the Anderson Valley with a blend that takes advantage of that year's harvest. We blend between 50% to 90% of the Donnelly Creek fruit with other fruit from other vineyards. It changes from year to year so we just cite the label as 100% Anderson Valley. Typically we're after rich fruit flavors and a slight spice element, with some slight mid-palate tannin, to produce a “bigger” style Pinot Noir that many modern drinkers of Pinot Noir prefer, or what some refer to as "New World." We typically produce about 800 cases, one year we did 1200, but it always sells out because we try to keep the costs down. Again we think the alcohol at about 14% is just ideal. It's aged a little less than the Blue Diamond and while we do both new and used oak, it's typically less new barrels than our Blue Diamond efforts. They are typically bottled in July and then released in October after several months of sampling.