Cumbre of Vine Hill Hicks Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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.
Wine Enthusiast - "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 of Vine Hill Winery
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. View all Cumbre of Vine Hill Wines
About Santa Cruz MountainsView a map of Santa Cruz Mountains wineries
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.
Notable FactsEven though the climate can be challenging, and only 1500 acres are under vine, over 50 wineries still operate successfully – and produce successful wine. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay do well in this region, along with a few plots of Cabernet Sauvignon. Hills, valleys and forests generate multiple micro-climates, creating a diverse flavor among the wines.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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