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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
This Pinot Noir shows bright aromas of cherries and Mandarin orange peel, with a hint of white pepper spice. The flavor profile is a red fruit character of cranberry and additional spices of cinnamon and ginger. Vanilla and chocolate characters, as well as the wonderful acidity associated with the Santa Cruz Mountains terroir contribute to a complex wine with a long and lingering finish.
"This has been the winery’s best Pinot Noir, and it shows its superiority once again in the richness and excellent structure. Appeals immediately for intricate raspberry, cherry, mineral and sandalwood flavors, then further inspires for the complex tannin and acid interplay. These mountain Pinots age well. Drink now–2015."
Cumbre wines are "The Pinnacle of Santa Cruz Mountains Wine." Cumbre represents Vine Hill Winery's best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from fruit grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. The Cumbre Pinot Noir we create will include Estate, vineyard designate wines Hicks and Raffaelli, and two blended Pinot Noir wines, Godinez and Barrel 31. All wines are made from 100% Santa Cruz Mountains AVA Pinot Noir. The estate Pinot Noir was first made in 2004 and its next vintage is 2009. The chronological gap represents the replanting of 7,000 vines that we concluded in 2007.
The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation encompasses the land between Half Moon Bay in the north and Mount Madonna (just near Monterey) in the south. Producing wine since the early 1800's, some of these wineries have been around for quite some time, mingling their vineyard lands with the sprawling redwood forests.
Even though the climate can be challenging, and only 1500...Read More About Santa Cruz Mountains
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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