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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2001
Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2001
(search item no. 78208)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Burghound.com rating: 88 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

At Carmel Road, we are convinced that fruit sourced from the lower bench land vineyards of Monterey can evolve into some of the finest expressions of Pinot Noir. Clark Ranch, in the Arroyo Seco region, highlights that potential with its rich color, lush fruit aromas and ripe cherry fruit intensity. We hope you will find a place for this wine in your cellar and at your table.
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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."