The inaugural release of the Pulido~Walker Policy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon signals the start of a new chapter for Mark Pulido and Donna Walker, who purchased the Policy Estate after their Mt. Veeder home was destroyed by wildfire. Although this vintage is the first from the estate made entirely on Mark and Donna’s watch, the vineyard is very familiar to us. We worked with Carmen and Gail Policy to plant it, and have been making wine from this fruit since 2006. The transition couldn’t have been more seamless.
As in previous years, we quickly determined that the wine from the Clone 7 vineyard block, planted nearest to the house, was the standout. Occupying roughly a third of the nine planted acres, that block has been a welcome surprise and has consistently produced the estate’s most concentrated, black-fruited, complex wines. It also imparts a slight blue-fruited top note suggestive of a cooler climate.