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A.P. Vin Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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14.7% ABV
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14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Complex dark berry and rose petal nose with classic spice box, hints of mineral and pleasing earthy nuances. The palate is filled with rich and plush concentrated flavors of red and blackberry fruits combined with distinct baking spice and daring black pepper. Playful acidity adds structure and a finish that is memorable.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another fruit-loaded, hard-to-resist effort is the 2013 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard, which comes from the cooler Sta. Rita Hills region in Santa Barbara County. Offering up notions of mulled plums, cassis, toasted spice and dried earth, it’s a classic Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir that shows the suppleness and pretty nature of the 2013 vintage. I like it now, but it will drink nicely for at least 4-5 years.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Offers a racy mix of blueberry, blackberry and wild berry, fresh and zesty, folding into berry pie flavors that are tasty, intense and persistent. Drink now through 2023.
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A.P. Vin, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
A.P. VIN was established in 2003 to fulfill the dream of its owner, Andrew P. Vingiello. After taking his first sip of artisinal California pinot noir he set out to learn as much as he could about this unique style of bold, complex wine. In 2003 Andrew worked his first wine harvest and found that his passion for handcrafted wine extended beyond just consuming it. Andrew created the very first vintage of A.P. VIN in 2003 from Garys' Vineyard. While only 150 cases were produced, it was enough to win the acclain of well-known publications. The name A.P. VIN orginiates from Andrew's name (Andrew P. Vingiello) and the logo represents his signature on each bottle produced.

While managing to keep his day job during production of the first few vintages of A.P. VIN, it was in 2005 that Andrew decided to fully dedicate himself and his career to his passion for creating unique wines. Shortly thereafter, Andrew moved his production and winemaking from Lompoc to San Francisco, where he could tend to the wines closer to his home.

Today, A.P. VIN produces approximately 2,000 cases of vineyard-designate pinot noir and is focused on making wines of the highest quality, which Andrew believes starts in the vineyard. From the vineyard and row locations to the farming style of each grower, every element adds nuances and subtleties that result in a superior wine.

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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, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s 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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