Organic Vintners Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
Organic Vintners is very selective about the fruit used to make their premium wines.
The perfect microclimate of warm days and cool nights in the Redwood Valley
appellation is conducive to growing some of the finest Pinot Noir grapes in the
world. Special equipment is used to till the soil, legumes are planted between the
rows to provide nutrients, and other naturally mined minerals and amendments are
added to the soil. This method of farming replaces the dependence on chemical
fertilizers and the use of toxic fungicides and insecticides used in conventional
cultural practices. The wines are inspired and connected to the land of Mendocino
County and the beautiful Redwood Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area).
Made from grapes grown on 40 year old vines, this Pinot Noir displays a smooth and
velvety mouth-feel. On the nose and palate, ripe raspberry and strawberry prevail
with notes of currant, plum and a hint of spice (clove) on the finish. The wine has a
refreshing and bright acidity level. The purity of the fruit in this wine makes for an
elegant wine suitable for everyday consumption.
Organic Vintners Winery
The Organic Vintners family is dedicated to bringing organic wine lovers a broad selection of domestic and international certified organic wines that are better for the environment and your health. We work with wineries that operate under strict viticulture standards in order to offer you an extensive organic, vegan and biodynamic collection that is high in quality and unique to the U.S.
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About North Coast
Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different – both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Mendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto 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.
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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.