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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Carmel Road Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir 2004
Carmel Road Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir 2004
(search item no. 93948)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $34.99

Winemaker's Notes:

"In a marketplace so overheated that we are seeing wineries rush their 2006 Pinot Noirs out the door, it is a pleasure to uncover a well-made, slightly older and more mature version of the grape. Solidly fruity but rich and somewhat layered in its aromas and delightfully running to early velvet in its palatefeel, this one is both well-filled and inviting now and yet is balanced to slight tartness at the finish suggesting that there is still more rounding and richness to come."
-Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

"Our Pinot Noir matures in French oak casks for 14 months with a single racking. As Pinot Noir is a delicate varietal, too much air exposure will diminish fruit flavors and aromas. After aging in barrel, the lots are blended and bottled without filtration or fining, preserving the most delicate aromatics and flavors."
- Ivan Giotenov, Winemaker

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About Carmel Road:

Founded in 1996, Carmel Road's mission is to produce wine showcasing the unique nature of Monterey County terrior. Our debut release, the 1997 Chardonnay, demonstrates the potential of the Monterey County appellation to produce world-class wines.

Located just a few miles over the ridges from the Pacific Ocean, Carmel Road produces wines from vineyards set against the Santa Lucia range and in the Gabilan foothills. Winemaker Kris Kato grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he developed "the beer bug." But the fermentation science program at Oregon State University led him down the path of winemaking. He's worked at Central Coast wineries large and small, and notes both experiences prepared him for his role at Carmel Road, where he focuses on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

"Pinot expresses itself more than any other variety, in terms of being nuanced-driven," Kris says. He's excited to be working with Monterey fruit, including from the winery's Panorama Vineyard. "I love to make small lots of wine from different parcels. It’s incredible to be able to choose the most distinct wines from the vineyard, and showcase them in different bottlings."