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California Pinot Noir For many years, people didn't think you could make great Pinot Noir in California. Have those people ever been proven wrong!
The biggest thing people had to get over was thinking that all Pinot Noir had to taste like Burgundy. It turns out that you can have absolutely delicious Pinot Noir that tastes nothing like Burgundy, and that there are some great places for growing Pinot Noir in California.
You have to look for the coolest climates - the Sonoma Coast, Carneros (just off San Pablo Bay), the Russian River Valley and the hills above Santa Barbara are the types of places creating great Pinot Noir. These areas allow Pinot Noir have enough hang time (not ripening too quickly) to develop great flavors.
Look at Iron Horse, in the Green Valley, or Handley, in the Anderson Valley, for the kind of elegance Pinot Noir is capable of. Look to Saintsbury for a Pinot with the earthy, mushroomy flavors that make Pinot Noir such a versatile food wine. And Flowers will show you all the power and concentration that California winemakers can get from this most finicky grape.
A delightfully racy sparkler, with tart apple and floral anise aromas leading to zesty lime and lemon flavors, presenting accents of cinnamon and spicy ginger. Drink now. 25,000 cases made. From California. T.F.
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The fruit for this Pinot Noir is primarily from the Delta region of California and is fermented in closed-top fermenters. A small portion is aged in seasoned barrels to impart slight oak characteristics to the wine, but most is kept in stainless ... more
This dark ruby colored Pinot opens with a fragrant red raspberry bouquet with a hint of smoky oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, easy going and approachable. The flavor profile is a tasty red currant and black raspberry blend ... more
Deep, rich garnet color. The wine opens up with aromas of ripe berries, fresh cranberry, candy apple and malted vanilla, some of which carries through to the palate. There's a hint of Granny Smith apple on first sip that beautifully balances out the more
Garnet core color with ruby edge. Owns a floral/spring garden bouquet that’s mildly spicy and very much like blackberry and dried red cherry. Taste profile offers serene, composed, refreshingly astringent flavors of clove, vanilla, Bing cherry. more
Tous Ensemble, “all together” in French, is a series of approachable wines that are perfect for every occasion, every palate, and every day of the week.... more
Delicate pear and floral notes backed by toasty almond. On the palate, one finds lively citrus, toast and apple flavors overlaid with persistent effervescence, a creamy mid-palate and toasty finish.
This wine shows lots of finesse for the price. ... more
The 2012 is a blend of vineyards from the Central Coast and other CA vineyards. The wine saw approximately 15% French oak for 4-5 months.
Hand-crafted from the finest California PINOT Noir grapes. Pure PINOT aromas and flavors -- black ... more
Deep, dark rose in color, this stylish Pinot Noir starts off with ripe cherry and red berry aromas. Lush and complex on the palate, this wine shows off juicy strawberry jam and red berry flavors. And just a dash of nutmeg spice. These ripe fruit ... more
Our “Los Alamos” Pinot Noir vineyard is nestled in Santa Barbara’s rolling hills, a climate considered by many to be ideal for Burgundian varietals. The cool ocean air and abundant fog of Santa Barbara County allow Pinot Noir grapes to ripen ... more
The mouth of this wine is a stunning example of what Pinot Noir can be-rich, complex, yet full of bright fruitiness and spice. The predominant characters follow the nose-dark bramble-berry fruit, along with some bright cherry notes, toasty oak and a more
The Hahn 2010 Pinot showcases all that is exceptional about Monterey County Pinot Noir. Fresh raspberry and black cherry scents are intense and concentrated followed in the mid-palate by decadent berry compote flavors with fragrant cardamom and ... more
THE SERIES: SONOMA COAST
Since 1979, La Crema has crafted the traditional wine varietals of Burgundy in the cool vineyards of the Sonoma Coast. This coastal region’s boundary begins at the Mendocino County border, continues along the western ... more