Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
This Pinot Noir begins with aromas of cherry, strawberry and vanilla. It is supple and complex, with dark fruit flavors and a round mouthfeel alongside smooth tannins. The finish is nice and long, with lingering flavors of dark raspeberry and blackberry.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2009 Pinot Noir Grand Firepeak Cuvee is a very pretty wine that expresses freshness and vibrancy above all else. Sweet red berries, flowers and spices meld together nicely in this medium-bodied, finessed Pinot. The 2009 will appeal most to readers who appreciate a lithe, mineral-driven style of Pinot. I especially like the tension and energy of the finish. This is very much a wine for the dinner table. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019."
Over 30 years ago, an incredibly smart and spirited woman planted a 3 acre vineyard on her home property in the Edna Valley. Diving without hesitation into a male-dominated industry, Catharine Niven later set out to create authentic, complex yet elegant wines. Named for the place she met her husband Jack, Baileyana offers beautiful, cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Both are refined, rich, and perfectly balanced. She wasn’t entirely surprised by Baileyana’s early success, but Catharine didn’t dream that her small project would become the family legacy that it is today. Now in the expert hands of the next two generations, Baileyana wines remain true to her pioneering spirit, as well as to the genuine, elegant style she exuded when walking into any room. Boldly Beautiful. View all Baileyana Wines
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 FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt'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.
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9 ratings, 4 with reviewsRussell Semm - Lincoln, NE56/19/2013
Great value for a big bold Pinot. Raspberry and dark cherry.35/1/2013
- Earthy & Spicy
A good one. Not lush but very enjoyable. If you are used to expensive Pinot you will find this 'thin' but it has a good berries and a decent finish.33/14/201343/3/2013I loved this wine, the price point is amazing and it's so delicious!!hrndfrg - Huntsville, TX52/15/2013susan little - San Francisco, CA52/6/2013412/31/2012411/20/2012411/6/2012Very sharp and distinct. Not smooth and subtle. As a change of pace, I like it.
- Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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