Alta Maria Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
Alta Maria Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label

Alta Maria Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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Winemaker Notes

Rebounding from one of the wettest years to one of the drier years, we had 190 days of almost perfect growing conditions. The wines of 2012 show structure and style of classic age-worthy wines. This vintage presents some of the best wines since 2007! The Pinot noir is produced from all Santa Maria Valley vineyards blending a variety of clones (113, 114, 115, 667, 777, Pommard 4).

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This opens with a pungent scent of whole-cluster fermentation, that stemminess carrying through in resolutely savory flavors of kelp, tomato skin and beetroot. Beneath the initial vegetal elements, it’s refined and silky, building toward a brighter red raspberry tone and cedar mulch aromas in the end, its verve and restrained ripeness suited to grilled tuna.
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Alta Maria, California
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Alta Maria is a small, artisan winery focusing on producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the cold and oceanic Santa Maria Valley appellation in Santa Barbara County. Founded by 9th Generation California James Ontiveros, and Winemaker and long-time college friend Paul Wilkins, Alta Maria's wines are inspired by the old world regions of France and are classic examples of purity, balance and complexity. We strive to make the best wines possible in a very conscientious manner and employ organic and sustainable practices leaving no indelible mark on the people and places around us.

The name "Alta Maria" refers to the upper Santa Maria River, which James' ancestor, Don Juan Pacifico Ontiveros crossed on Saint Mary's Day, 1855, as he drove cattle from Southern California to his new home at Rancho Tepusquet – now home to some of the globe's most renowned vines. The picturesque river flowing through the valley was the force responsible for sustaining ranch life in those early days.

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches 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 San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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RVLAI12PNSM_2012 Item# 141169

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