Aromas of forest floor, cherries, anise and sandalwood merge with silky tannins and flavors of rich red cherries, plum and cola.
Wine Maker Notes
The 2010 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir benefited from warmer fermentation temperatures and more whole cluster fermentation than in previous vintages, lending color, fine tannic structure and body. This Pinot Noir possesses a deep ruby color bursting with intense aromas of blac cherry, blackberry, cassis and hints of cardamom. The classic ‘Santa Maria spice’ enhanced by the whole cluster fermentation accentuates earthy tones with a hint of well-integrated oak in the background and fruit flavors similar to the aromatics. A silky texture and fine tannins linger on the finish with enough acidity and body to support years of cellar aging body to support lengthy aging.
100% Presqu’ile estate fruit from Block 1A, clone 777 & 667. Whole cluster fermentation in stainless steel and concrete tanks and aged for 17 months in French oak (35% new).