Our goal is to allow the wine to develop its own depth and distinctive characteristics. Three days "cold soaked", fermented at moderate temperatures and twelve months of aging in French oak barrels develops a rounder, creamier texture in the wine. The 2008 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir has a pretty reddish purple hue and rich, fruit-driven aromas of blackberry pie, sweet earth and cloves. The palate is bursting with red fruit and pleasant, soft tannins. Well-integrated flavors of blackberry, strawberry and vanilla lead to a nicely textured, full finish.
FOOD & WINE PAIRING Try this Pinot Noir paired with poached salmon in cream sauce, pork with mushrooms or roasted Cornish game hen.
"Not offering much opulence now. It's hard, dry and acidic, a wine that struggles with the palate. Deep down inside are very luscious black and red cherry, red currant, cola, licorice and sandalwood flavors. Defines a particular style of elegant austerity rather than plushness, and will be welcomed by sommeliers and chefs for its food friendliness."