Echelon Pinot Noir 2000

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California

Item No. 39706
  • red wine
  • RP86
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • RP87
  • WS86

Winemaker's Notes

The Santa Lucia Bench in the Salinas Valley, where this Pinot Noir is grown, is becoming a prominent winegrowing region and we are lucky to have long-term contracts for grapes from this area. The deep, rocky loam soils and eastern orientation make it ideal for growing Pinot Noir. The 1999 Pinot Noir appeared a bit reticent at first, compared to the 1998 and 1997 vintages. I should have had faith. Pinot Noir rewards faith. Upon bottling, it opened up; the color deepened and the fruit and flesh became visible. It was delicious! Mostly when you bottle Pinot Noir it turns dumb on you. This one hit the bottle and began to sing. Jammy flavors open to bright berry fruit and subtle cinnamon and spice notes.

Pinot Noir is a most useful wine at mealtime. There is virtually no food it won't match or contrast with well. When you don't know which wine to serve, Pinot Noir's the one to reach for. It rarely disappoints. It is a dry wine that particularly loves grilled, smoked or salty foods. It's a little known fact that it pairs very well with Mexican food, though I'm sure a Burgundian would blanch at the suggestion.

-Larry Brooks, Consulting Winemaker

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Combining the best fruit from friends" and neighbors" vineyards, Echelon produces serious wines for everyday drinking. To obtain this exceptional fruit, Echelon pioneered the development of long-term contracts with growers in emerging regions, including areas within California"s Central Coast and the Clarksburg appellation"s Esperanza Vineyard. Echelon"s winery is located in San...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

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...

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