Cadre The Architects Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
A beautifully fresh, complex and seductive nose blends spice hints with lovely red and blue pinot fruit aromas that precede rich, energetic and solidly detailed medium-bodied flavors that possess a dusty mouth feel plus fine depth and length with only the barest trace of backend warmth. There is also enough structure to suggest 5 to 8 years of cellar time will be necessary. Recommended for those who enjoy elegant and well-balanced examples that also deliver some punch.
Wine Enthusiast - "The "architects" name refers to the four vineyards that constitute the blend: Laetitia, La Encantada, Firepeak and Bien Nacido. The wine’s purity is proof that a great Pinot does not have to come from a single vineyard. It’s bone dry and full-bodied in tannins, with complex flavors of black cherries, red currants, Dr. Pepper cola and exotic Asian spices. It was raised in one-year old oak, which gives smoky vanilla and caramel notes, in just the right proportion, to the fruit."
Burghound.com - "A beautifully fresh, complex and seductive nose blends spice hints with lovely red and blue pinot fruit aromas that precede rich, energetic and solidly detailed medium-bodied flavors that possess a dusty mouth feel plus fine depth and length with only the barest trace of back-end warmth. There is also enough structure to suggest 5 to 8 years of cellar time will be necessary. Recommended for those who enjoy elegant and well-balanced examples that also deliver some punch."
CA· DRE - [kah-drey] –noun: an impassioned group that has banded together to further the cause of a movement.
Cadre Vineyards embodies the pioneering spirit of the visionaries, or "Architects," who had the foresight to plant Pinot Noir on the South Central Coast. The appellations of the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Sta. Rita Hills have each brought international acclaim to the greater area, helping it rise to the top as one of the premier New World Pinot Noir producing regions. Within each of these AVAs are four vineyards that have proven to be incredible sites for producing top-quality Pinot Noir.
An innovative New World Pinot Noir, Cadre is made by blending exemplary fruit from four legendary cool climate vineyards into a single wine that personifies the excellence of South Central Coast Pinot Noir. View all Cadre Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
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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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.