Cheval Sauvage Wines.
In an industry where the term "Reserve" has been applied to wines of all quality levels and price points, Cheval Sauvage (French for "Wild Horse") is our finest wine, our 'tete du cuvee' Pinot Noir.
Coming from specifically-selected barrels of wine from individual vineyard lots, bottlings bearing the Cheval Sauvage label represents less than one percent of Wild Horse's Pinot Noir production and the appellation often varies with each vintage release.
Contrary to the 2008 Cheval Sauvage which was a true blend of several vineyards, the 2009 is 100% from Sierra Madre Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. Oriented east to west, the Santa Maria Valley is influenced by the fog and coastal breezes introduced by the Pacific Ocean. This makes for a longer growing season and the ability for the vineyards to produce lower yields increasing the aptitude for concentrated fruit and even ripening.
2009 Fact Sheet