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Amor Fati Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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13.9% ABV
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13.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Orange peel and spice tree aromas with dried rose petal and floral notes. A leafy morning dew component blend with sweet cherries, plump berries and baked brown sugar. Silky texture blends with rustic acidity and soft tannins.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley is also excellent, with a deep, rich and nicely textured profile on the palate. Some tart acidity detracts, but it has outstanding dark fruits, underbrush, Asian spice and minerality to go with a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated feel. It's an outstanding Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 4-5 years.
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Amor Fati

Amor Fati

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Amor Fati, Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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Amor Fati means "love of fate" and fate has brought us these wines. Small productions from estate-driven fruit growing from a single vineyard in coastal Santa Maria Valley, the wines have a strong cult following due to the elusive and intriguing wine styles and alluring labels based on William Blake’s sketches.

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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, cult status.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, and remain active new frontiers for Rhône and Spanish varieties.

Mendocino in California’s cool North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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