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Date Printed: 9/1/2015
Gainey Limited Selection Pinot Noir 2001
Gainey Limited Selection Pinot Noir 2001
(search item no. 81375)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2015: $36.99

Winemaker's Notes:

"An enormous, complex, brooding and extraordinary Pinot Noir, a blend of Bien Nacido and Gainey's Santa Rosa Hills vineyards. Opens with a blast of peppery, cherry fruit, with tobacco and minty overtones. The rich berry flavors in a creamy texture, with sweet oak tannins, feel ripe, plush and terrific in the mouth. Editors' Choice."
-Wine Enthusiast

This is the second vintage of Pinot Noir produced (in part) from our new "Santa Rosa Hills Ranch" vineyard, and what a difference a year makes! The aromas are a pleasing array of delicious scents that fan out with time in the glass; the first wave carries brown spice and black pepper notes, strawberry jam and licorice follow the lead with an essence of graham cracker crust, shortbread and a hint of smoke adding nuance and complexity.

In the mouth the wine is fully flavored without being tannic or heavy. The entrance is bright and fresh, yet sweet and ripe too. Juicy fruit flavors of cherry and blueberry cascade across the palate. French oak is present in the background, adding support. This is a wine with power and elegance, remaining balanced through and through. Enjoy over the next 6-8 years with everything from grilled tuna to roasted lamb.

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About The Gainey Vineyard:

In 1962, Daniel C. and son Daniel J. Gainey purchased an 1,800 acre ranch on the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley. The Gainey Ranch, a combination of cattle, farming, and Arabian horse breeding, became the largest diversified ranching operation in the valley.

Dan J. Gainey retired in 1984 to devote himself to fulfilling his dream of making wine. In 1983, he planted 51 acres of vineyards on the northern boundary of the Gainey Ranch and in November of 1984 the 12,000 square foot Spanish-style winery opened its doors to visitors. Soon after, Dan H. Gainey joined his father and together the father-son team have set out to produce premium, hand-crafted wines made from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

With over 40 years of farming experience behind them, the Gaineys have a connection to the land that few vintners may share. Since the original vineyard planting in 1983, the Gaineys have added 32 acres to their "Home" Ranch, which is primarily planted to the Bordeaux varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In 1996, they purchased 120 acres on the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley, a cooler growing region more suitable for Burgundian varietals. In 1997, they planted 35 acres at this "Santa Rosa Hills" Ranch to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, with plans for further plantings in the years ahead.