Blend: 96% Pinot Noir, 4% Barbera
This wine was named after the creek that runs through the Wente family's
estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey, where Wente Vineyards has
been growing Pinot Noir since the 1960s. It is the ideal region to grow this
Burgundian varietal because of the long, cool growing season, which allows the
grapes to fully ripen and develop deep fruit flavors. The gravelly-loam soils found
here, rich with shale and limestone deposits, impart desirable earthy and mineral
qualities to the wine.
This vintage of Reliz Creek Pinot Noir has refreshing aromas of
strawberry cream and vanilla. Flavors of black cherry and cranberry are followed by
a smooth, long, fruity finish, with undertones of aromatic cigars.