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Date Printed: 3/3/2015
Pessagno Winery Central Avenue Pinot Noir 2007
Pessagno Winery Central Avenue Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 102430)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 3/3/2015: $17.29

Winemaker's Notes:

Located south of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County, Central Avenue Vineyard produces striking yet friendly wines because of its moderately warm days, cool nights, and shale loam soil. This delicate wine offers floral and violet aromas, followed by bright cherry fruit flavors. Its complex aromas make it a perfect accompaniment for afternoon entertaining or lighter meals. Pair this wine with luncheon salads, seafood, or chicken dishes.

Handpicked fruit was gently crushed on top of approximately 10% whole cluster grapes and allowed to "cold soak" for 72 hours. A highly specialized yeast provided a slow, cool fermentation to help preserve the delicate aromas and flavors characteristic of Pinot Noir. Pressed directly into French oak barrels, the wine was then aged for nine months before blending bottling.

Floral aromas of violet and rose petals are nicely complimented by dark cherry fruit flavors and caramel, a result of French oak aging. This Pinot Noir is a perfect accompaniment to afternoon entertaining or lighter meals. Being quite versatile, it pairs well with luncheon salads, seafood, pork, or chicken dishes.

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About Pessagno Winery:

Pessagno Winery is the culmination of a twenty-year vision of Stephen Pessagno, winemaker, to produce limited quantities of exclusive, prestigious single vineyard wines from Monterey and San Benito counties.

Established in 1999 with family and friends, Pessagno Winery is nestled in the scenic Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey county overlooking the Salinas River where cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes flourish.

All Pessagno wines are styled for elegance, balance, and finesse, with an emphasis on the maximum varietal character of the grape and respect for the unique expression of each vineyard's Terroir.

Each vineyard is carefully selected for the high quality of its fruit and meticulously overseen during the growing season to intensify the aromas and flavors of the grapes. The wines are handcrafted in separate lots using only the finest winemaking techniques and traditional French oak barrels.