La Merika Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- 14.0% abv
La Merika Pinot Noir opens with enticing aromas of strawberry, blackberry, and sweet plum. On the palate this medium-bodied wine displays flavors of red cherry and raspberry which combine with silky tannins and balanced acidity for a delightfully smooth finish.
La Merika Winery
The story of La Merika is based around an alleged voyage that Henry Sinclair made from Scotland to present- day america in the early 1400s, almost 100 years before Columbus made his voyage in 1492.
Theorists speculate that Sinclair discovered a royal archive under the temple mount in Jerusalem, stating that Phoenicians from Tyre, voyaged to a western continent following a star called La Merika.
La Merika Vineyards is located in Manteca, CA. The fruit for this wine comes from the finest vineyards of California's Central Coast, where the warm days and cool nights are tempered by the cool ocean breezes that once upon a time brought adventurers like you to this place of discovery.
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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 Facts Grape 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.
It'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.
1 rating, 1 with review
Not as good as the 2010. This hasn't the big, berrylike nose I liked in the previous vintage. Also the flavors are less balanced, there's good acid but not the fruit to carry it. Rather short. The price is quite reasonable but I can and have done better. Now I have one remarkably good experience with this producer's Pinot Noir and one somewhat disappointing one. I'll try another vintage in future but skip this one. About a year later (April 2015) I tasted this wine again. The balance is much improved and the nose is developing complexity. I don't think that it will get any better than this but it came off much better than previous bottles.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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.