Why Earthquake Block?
Back in the winter of 1995, as we were getting ready to plant this parcel, a huge storm created a deep ravine in the sloping hill where the future vineyard was already staked. The next morning the sight was frightening — it looked like an earthquake had hit the block! After that, we never referred to it by any other name.
This parcel is planted with the Pommard clone, which consistently gives us a wine that harmonizes deep color, intensity and concentration with suppleness and elegance. It is situated on a slope at the top of the Don Miguel Vineyard, with ideal row orientation that ensures perfect ripening.
Classic nose of the Pommard clone: black fruits, faded roses and violets, with a touch of lavender, cinnamon and clove. The palate is intense and balanced, with notes of black plum and soft but firm tannins from the well integrated, beautiful oak. The finish is long and promises a very long life — at least 15-20 years. I would recommend serving it at cellar temperature, between 58-60° F.
Named after the late patriarch of the Torres family, this vineyard is located in the Green Valley – the coolest, foggiest region of the Russian River Valley, only ten miles from the Pacific. The European-style high density of over 2,000 vines per acre produces low yields and requires intensive labor; but the vines live longer and the grapes acquire better balance and greater concentration, as well as more elegance and finesse than with the traditional low density.