TAZ Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2005

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California

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Item No. 91566
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Winemaker's Notes

"The TAZ Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir is a 'best-of-both-worlds' wine. It takes two distinct expressions of Santa Barbara County and blends them into a balanced wine with plenty of nuance.

The first component of the blend comes from our North Canyon Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. This vineyard lies at the northern edge of Santa Barbara, butting up to the San Luis Obispo County line. The Pinot Noir from North Canyon is soft and silky with delicate floral notes and red fruit character. The lots from North Canyon Vineyard are complemented by grapes from our Fiddlestix Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, located at the southern end of Santa Barbara County.

Fiddlestix Pinot Noir is big and lush; it lends structure and core of dark berry fruit to the blend. I love the juxtaposition of the two regions in this wine.

The 2005 growing season yielded exceptional fruit. I believe that great wines are created in the vineyard. We typically farm less than two tons per acre, and this year was no different. About a quarter of this blend was aged in new French oak, while the rest of the lots went into neutral barrels. I like to let the fruit shine, using just a hint of new oak to spice things up. To me, this wine showcases the true varietal character of Pinot Noir."
- Natasha Boffman, Winemaker

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TAZ Vineyards, like many artisan producers in Santa Barbara County, is located in a winemaker's cooperative warehouse in Santa Maria. Vision and fervent passion earned Bob Taz Steinhauer the Tasmanian devil nickname. From the vineyards to the scale houses, this nickname stuck as he feverishly led the development of some of California's most notable vineyards. While his legendary...

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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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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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