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La Merika Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Gold Medal Winner: 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

    Ruby red in color, La Merika Pinot Noir opens with vibrant aromas of cranberry, sweet strawberry and plum. This medium-bodied wine has a plush mouthfeel with concentrated flavors of raspberry, black cherry and cocoa. Smooth tannins and balanced acidity lead to a long linger finish.

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    La Merika, , California
    La Merika
    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.

    Central Coast

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    The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley. Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types, and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

    Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.

    Chardonnay

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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