Gorgeous aromas of earthy mushroom and fresh raspberry are highlighted by notes of fresh violet and ripe plum. The palate expands to include a savory abundance of red currant, dark cherry, rich mocha and wild strawberry on a long, velvety finish.
A cooler vintage overall for Monterey, July and August saw an above average amount of fog and clouds which prolonged harvest dates and delayed the ripening of the grapes. As a result, the wines showed good structure, focus and a beautiful hue from the extra hang time. Sourced entirely from Monterey, the Pinot Noir grapes were crushed and fermented warm, 85 degrees Fahrenheit, in a stainless steel fermenter. At dryness the must was pressed into stainless steel for settling, then racked cleanly for aging in French Oak barrels. A small percentage of Petite Sirah and Syrah was blended in to provide depth and further the complexity.
Food friendly and versatile, this Pinot Noir pairs exceptionally well with a variety of dishes such as pork belly lettuce wraps, wild mushroom and burrata bruschetta, or a maple glazed chicken breast with mustard jus.
90% Pinot Noir
5% Petite Syrah
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92 Points, The Tasting Panel
4 Stars, Excellent, Restaurant Wine