Cadre The Architects Pinot Noir 2014
The aromas in this wine are complex and layered; mocha, cinnamon, dark red fruit, hazelnut, red licorice, earth and mushroom. Most all follows onto the palate, along with brighter red fruit flavors and a note of candied red apple. The tannins are silky, and the medium-full body nicely compliments the supple mouthfeel.
Cadre Vineyards embodies the pioneering spirit of the visionaries, or "Architects," who had the foresight to plant Pinot Noir on the South Central Coast. The appellations of the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Sta. Rita Hills have each brought international acclaim to the greater area, helping it rise to the top as one of the premier New World Pinot Noir producing regions. Within each of these AVAs are four vineyards that have proven to be incredible sites for producing top-quality Pinot Noir.
An innovative New World Pinot Noir, Cadre is made by blending exemplary fruit from four legendary cool climate vineyards into a single wine that personifies the excellence of South Central Coast Pinot Noir.
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.