Turning Leaf Coastal Reserve Pinot Noir 1998
Pinot Noir from California
Our wine is a carefully crafted blend of North Coast and Central Coast Pinot Noir. We have chosen the finest fruit from the cool vineyards of the North coast to create a classic Burgundian style -- flavors of tangy raspberries and strawberries, and a lively acidity. The slightly warmer vineyards of the Central Coast offer our wine its deep color and firm tannins. The styles of the Northern and Central Coast growing regions come together beautifully to create a well-balanced Pinot Noir where the whole is clearly greater than the sum of its parts. Our California Pinot Noir offers crisp, forward raspberry and strawberry flavors, a firm tannin structure, and a hint of herbal complexity enhanced by toasted oak and spice on the finish. This wine brings excitement to grilled salmon and lightly sauced pasta dishes.
Turning Leaf Winery
Turning Leaf is the brand of California wines that offers perfection of any wine drinking occasion, because it is a reserve wine that is hand-crafted with timing and patience. The character of the wine is natural, warm and approachable, discerning, and quietly confident.
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It'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.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.