The vines planted on the steep terrain of Van Duzerís Westside Bowl in 2001 have come into their own as the source of rich, ripe Pinot Noir grapes. the distinctive style has been captured with the 2005 vintage, in the release of the first block-designate named for the Westside Block.
Daytime heat is contained in the west-facing bowl, which also benefits from more sunlight than the rest of the Van Duver estate. "This new designate represents the difference that 200 degree days can have on Pinot Noir wine," said Jim Kakacek, winemaker. Kakacek based his Westside blend on select barrels representing the five Pinot Noir clones planted there and the most promising sections of that vineyard block. "It is a distinctively different style of Pinot Noir that deserves its own label."